KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government on Saturday strongly denounced last night’s bombings and shootings which claimed at least 140 lives and left more than 200 wounded at six different sites in Paris, the capital of France.
Billed as the deadliest attack on France since World War II, the coordinated assaults began with a series of explosions and shootings at Paris restaurants, a football stadium and a concert hall.
At the Bataclan theatre, where a sold-out concert was underway, at least 70 hostages were massacred. Gunshots continued inside the theatre in the wee hours of Saturday when Special Forces shot dead three of the attackers.
Three more assailants were killed in some of the hippest neighbourhoods in the 10th and 11th districts of the city, police said. The WRAP, a news site, quoted the shooters as saying inside the theatre: “This is for Syria, this is for Syria.”
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the attacks, saying international terrorists were committing to coward and cruel acts by killing innocent civilians in all over the globe.
He said the killings of Paris citizens proved terrorism knew no borders and terrorists were enemies of mankind.
“The people of Afghanistan have been the victim of terrorism for many years, so they can feel the pain of French people and share the grief with the victims’ families,” Ghani said in a statement.
The president said terrorism was a common challenge for all regional and world countries, stressing the need for a joint struggle against the deadly phenomenon, the statement added.
In the statement, the president offered his condolences to his French counterpart, the bereaved families and all people of France.
Former president Hamid Karzai also condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris, calling them anti-humanity and against human values.
“We are saddened by the terrorist attacks which took place in Paris,” Karzai in a statement while offering deep condolences to the French government and people especially to the victims’ families.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also denounced the attacks.
“As terrorism has no border, religion, tribe and nation, so there is need for a joint anti-terrorism struggle across the globe,” a statement from the CEO’s office said.