UN Condemns Nangarhar Suicide Attack

UN Condemns Nangarhar Suicide Attack

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5 Oct 2020

The United Nations (UN) has “strongly condemned” Saturday’s suicide attack on the Shinwar district building in Nangarhar, and underlined that the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

At least 13 people were killed and around 38 more injured in the attack, including civilian women and children.

In a statement by his spokesperson released on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that those behind such crimes must be held accountable.

The Secretary-General reiterated the urgency of achieving a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

“The United Nations remains committed to support the people and Government of Afghanistan in this important endeavour,” the statement said.

Guterres also expressed his sympathies for the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

UNAMA ‘outraged’

In a separate message on Twitter, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expressed “outrage” at the killing of civilians.

“Extremists and spoilers need shunning,” it said, expressing full support to Afghans promoting a non-violent negotiated settlement to the conflict.

Britain shows concern about rising violence

The British embassy in Kabul also wrote a Facebook post on Sunday sharing their concerns about continued violence in the nation.

The statement said that while Afghan peace negotiations have been running for three weeks in Doha, in Afghanistan itself, civilians continue to be “victims of shocking and tragic acts of violence.”

“There is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, which must be solved at the negotiating table. Those spoilers who do not want peace must not be allowed to pursue their aims,” it said.

They acknowledged that while the peace process will take time, Afghans should not have to continue to suffer and wait for peace.

“They deserve to feel the effects of a real and sustained reduction in violence now. They deserve to feel the benefits of peace now,” it concluded.

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