Putin vows most intense cooperation with Afghanistan after Kabul attack

Putin-and-GhaniKABUL: The Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged ‘most intense’ cooperation with Afghanistan to battle terrorism following a deadly attack in Kabul yesterday.

Putin made the commitment as he offered his condolences to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani as the attack left at least 80 people dead.

“The head of Russian state has vehemently condemned this cynical crime against civilians and confirmed readiness for the continuation of the most intense cooperation with Afghan authorities and people to battle every manifestation of terrorism,” the Kremlin said.

The Kremlin press service further added that ‘Putin expressed his sympathy and support to the families of those killed and wished the soonest recovery to those injured by extremists.’

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group claimed responsibility behind the incident and said the attack was carried out by two of its fighters.

The Afghan authorities released the latest casualties toll on Saturday night, saying at least 80 peple were killed and around 231 others sustained injuries.

Yesterday’s attack in Kabul is one of the biggest attacks which the ISIS terrorist group claims credit as the Taliban group rejected hand in the attack.

The loyalists of the terror group have been attempting to expand foothold in the country and the attack on peaceful protesters comes as the Afghan security forces have launched a major operation to root out the militants of the group from the country. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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