KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s attack in Kabul that so far caused around 100 casualties, including scores dead. Preliminary findings indicate many children among the casualties and that the overall number of civilian casualties may rise.
The attack occurred in Kabul’s Qalai Nazir neighbourhood, a predominantly Shi’a Muslim area, hitting the Tabayan Cultural Centre where civilians had gathered to commemorate a national day.
“I have little doubt that this attack deliberately targeted civilians,” said Toby Lanzer, the acting head of UNAMA. “Today in Kabul we have witnessed another truly despicable crime in a year already marked by unspeakable atrocities.”
The Islamic State, or Daesh, claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban issued a communique denying any involvement.
“Our thoughts are with the families whose lives have been so devastated by today’s incident,” said Lanzer. “Crimes like today’s strengthen our resolve to work with all Afghans who want peace to return to their country in 2018.”