Statement on Kabul Attack

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New York, April 20, 2016: The Permanent Mission of the I.R. of Afghanistan to the United Nations strongly condemns yesterday’s terrorist attack in Kabul and demands prompt justice for the despicable incident that took the lives of 64 people and injured close to 350, most of them civilians, including many women and children.

This senseless and barbaric attack took place in a densely populated area during rush hour with damages reaching a one kilometer radius.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for this heinous attack.

The Taliban defiance to the peace process and continuous use of severely destructive weapons in densely populated areas show total lack of respect for civilian life and amount to war crimes.

The Permanent Mission of the I.R. of Afghanistan calls on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to take serious and effective measures against those who are harboring the Taliban leadership and providing safe havens for them.   

The world, including the UN Secretary General, President of the UN General Assembly, UNSC, and UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), as well as international and regional countries have condemned this attack in strictest terms. The UN Security Council has issued a statement underlining “the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of terrorism to justice” and urged “all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities”. UNAMA has denounced the senseless violence and stated that “the use of high explosives in civilian populated areas, in circumstances almost certain to cause immense suffering to civilians, may amount to war crimes.” 

Such attacks clearly show the Taliban’s weakness to meet Afghan forces on the battle ground due to the recent setbacks suffered by them, and their desperate attempts to terrorize the population by resorting to these violent attacks against defenseless civilians, including women and children.

While Afghanistan’s arms will always remain open for peace, our brave National Security and Defense Forces will spare no efforts to defeat terrorists and their supporters, financiers, and organizers.

Afghanistan shall remain a strong and reliable partner with the international community in the fight against terrorism.

The Permanent Mission of the I.R. of Afghanistan expresses its deep sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

Contact: Mr. Nazifullah Salarzai. Telephone: +1-212-972-1212

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