Condemning the attack in strongest words, the members of the UN Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Afghanistan and they wished the injured a speedy recovery.
“The members of the Security Council reiterated their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida, ISIL (Da’esh) affiliates, illegal and armed groups to the local population, national defense and security forces, and international presence in Afghanistan,” the statement said.
The statement further added that the members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts 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 in this regard.
“The members of the Security Council reiterated that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, and wherever, whenever and by whomsoever it is committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group,” the statement added.
Reaffirming the need for all states to combat by all means the menace of terrorism, the Security Council members l reiterated that no violent or terrorist acts can reverse the Afghan-led process along the path towards peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and by the international community.
The Taliban group claimed responsibility behind the deadly attack which was launched initially by detonating a vehicle packed with explosives near the Directorate of Security for Prominent Figures.
The security officials said the majority of the victims of the incident were ordinary civilians, which included 64 dead and 347 wounded. -KP
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