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US, UN, Pakistan, Karzai strongly condemn Kabul blasts

23 Jul 2016 - 20:46
23 Jul 2016 - 20:46

KABUL and former president Hamid Karzai also strongly condemned on Saturday two powerful explosions that ripped through crowds of protesting people in Kabul.

The twin blasts killed at least 80 people and left injured another 231, local officials said. The Hazara minority tribesmen had gathered to protest a change in the route of a multimillion transnational power project.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the explosions and the Taliban, who are stronger than the IS, have denied any involvement.

The US strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Kabul and said that the killers responsible for this bloodshed did not represent the future for Afghanistan and would not prevail, State Department Spokesman John Kirby said. .

The United States, he said, condemned in the strongest terms the vicious attack today in Kabul that killed dozens of Afghans and wounded many more. 

“We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured, and we offer President Ghani whatever assistance he may require as his government investigates and works to bring the murderers to justice,” he said. 

In a statement, United Nations General Secretary’s special representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto condemned in the strongest possible terms the deadly attack that killed and maimed hundreds of civilians gathered to peacefully demonstrate in Kabul city.

The two explosions occurred at Dehmazang square in Kabul city targeting a peaceful demonstration, causing horrendous levels of civilian harm, he said in the statement.

The blasts were carried out by two suicide bombers and a third suicide attacker was shot dead by police.

“This attack is particularly heinous because it targeted civilians as they exercised their rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression,” the UN envoy said.

Yamamoto said an attack deliberately targeting a large, concentrated group of civilians amounted to a war crime and today’s incident was an outrage that could not be justified.

“It is an attempt to spread terror amongst civilians and stifle the freedoms that Afghans have sacrificed so much to obtain. The United Nations stands firmly with the people of Afghanistan as they seek to exercise their fundamental human rights.”

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged the world community to join forces to fight terrorism, which he said was a common enemy of humanity.

In his message to the people of Afghanistan, Nawaz Sharif condemned loss of human lives in the bomb blasts in Kabul.

Sharif said terrorists had no religion and they did not have any respect for humanity. He said terrorism should be dealt with iron hands.  He expressed Pakistan’s unflinching stand to fight terrorism.

The prime minister said Pakistan was a frontline state in war against terrorism and Islamabad rendered unmatched sacrifices in war against terrorism and suffered multiple losses.

He said Pakistan was ready to extend every kind of support to Afghanistan in war against terrorism.  He expressed solidarity with the people and the government of Afghanistan over the loss of precious human lives. He commiserated with the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of injured and eternal peace for the deceased.

Former president Hamid Karzai also strongly condemned the attack as an attack against humanity and Islam.

In a statement, Karzai said the attack was aimed at sowing sectarian discord. He prayed Allah Almighty to place the departed souls in the Heaven and grant early recovery to those wounded.


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