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Lawmakers urge UNSC for a halt to civilian carnage

AT-KABUL: In the wake of deadly twin suicide bombings in Kabul, the Afghan Parliament in an open letter has called on the United Nations Security Council to adopt immediate measures to stop the killing of Afghan people.

At least 25 people including nine journalists were killed and four policemen and 49 others wounded following two suicide bombings in the diplomatic area of Kabul city on Monday morning, according to officials. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden bike in Shashdarak vicinity early in the morning, leaving eight people killed and wounded. About thirty minutes after, a second suicide bomber blew himself up among journalists who waited by a security cordon near the vicinity of the first explosion.

Representative of Ghazni province, Abdul Qayoum Sajadi, said the UN Security Council should not remain silent over terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. He urged the UNSC to take immediate practical measure in accordance with international laws to halt the carnage of Afghan civilians. “The United Nations panel should suppress the state-sponsored terrorism, particularly Pakistan,” he said.

Laying criticism over the government’s not providing security for the people, especially the journalists, the MPs declared Monday’s twin blasts as abhorring and a deliberate attack against journalist community.

The lower house chairman said that media in Afghanistan is absolutely unbiased; and killing of journalists is not acceptable. He demanded the government and the national assembly to produce solution for taming the scourge of militancy and providing security for all people.

This comes as the government has faced criticism for its failure to secure the city as attacks become more and more frequent. An ISIS suicide bomber targeted civilians at a voter identification card distribution center on April 22, killing more than 50 people and injuring more than 100 others. In March, an ISIS extremist blew himself up outside Kabul University, killing roughly 30 people and injuring many more, and in January, ISIS jihadis detonated a car bomb outsi0de of a children’s charity, killing three and injuring two dozen other people.

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