AT-KABUL: The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Saturday strongly condemned Friday’s bombing in a mosque in Nangarhar province, calling it “war crime”.
“I condemn the attack targeting civilians gathered for Friday prayers at the Hisarak Jami Mosque in Rodat district, Nangarhar province. The attack killed at least three civilians and injured more than 70 others – including 31 boys – with at least two in critical condition,” UNAMA chief Nicholas Haysom said.
A bomb planted at the mosque detonated during Friday prayers, killing a mullah, one man, and one boy.
An attack deliberately targeting civilian members of a community praying together in a mosque can never be justified and highlights the perpetrators’ intent to destroy lives, and spread terror among the civilian population.
The international humanitarian law prohibits the deliberate targeting of civilians, including at their places of worship, and imposes a specific obligation on combatant parties to allow religious personnel to carry out their work. At face value, this attack is a war crime and the perpetrators must be held accountable.
“On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I express our deep condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery for the injured,” Haysom said.
Also chief executive Abdullah Abdullah condemned the explosion targeting worshipers in a mosque in Nangarhar during Friday prayer and called it against Islam, humanity and all beliefs.
He said that this explosion shows that terrorists have no religion, faith, humanity, boundaries or geography. They attack everywhere they can.
It also tells us that Taliban don’t fight for Islam but, for terrorism and agendas given by intelligence agencies outside Afghanistan.