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Kabul suicide attack condemned

AT-KABUL: Tuesday’s suicide attack in Kabul city was nationally and internationally condemned as a terrorist attack, which could not be justified by any means.

President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement that: “such cowardly terrorist attacks will not weaken the will and determination of Afghan security forces to fight against terrorism.”

Former President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the attack, calling that a “cowardly and unforgivable” act.

“The cowardly and unforgivable act of the enemies of Afghan people is against all the humanism and Islamic principles,” Karzai was quoted as saying in a statement.

The former president sympathized with the families of the victims, praying for the quick recovery for the injured.

“This attack shows the devastation caused by the use of explosive devices in urban areas and once more demonstrates complete disregard for the lives of Afghan civilians,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan said.

Yammamoto reiterated its call for the Taliban to immediately cease all attacks in civilian-populated areas and extended its condolences to the families of those killed and a speedy recovery for those injured. “UNAMA once again affirms its continued support to the people of Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: “By rejecting the opportunity to enter peace talks and instead targeting innocent civilians, the Taliban have demonstrated their total disregard for the Afghan people.”

Hammond said the UK stood resolute in support of their Afghan friends and called on the Taliban to end senseless violence against civilians.

The governments of Pakistan, the United States and NATO’s Resolute Support mission also strongly condemned the attack.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to those who have lost their loved ones and pray for the early recovery of the injured,” a statement from Pakistan embassy said.

Meanwhile, the prime minister of Pakistan conveyed his immense grief over the heinous terrorist attack that led to the loss of precious lives and left hundreds injured.

“On behalf of the people and the government of Pakistan, I strongly condemn this brutal act and offer my heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency and the bereaved families,” Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in a statement.

The commander of Resolute Support also strongly condemned the attack. “Today’s attack shows the insurgents are unable to meet Afghan forces on the battlefield and must resort to these terrorist attacks.”

Gen. John W. Nicholson said: “We strongly condemn the actions of Afghanistan’s enemies and remain firmly committed to supporting our Afghan partners and the national unity government.

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