The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Oslo condemns yesterday’s suicide attack in Dasht-e-Barchi area (Kabul) at an ID distribution center that reports indicate claimed the lives of at least 69 civilians amongst them a majority of women and children and many others injured. Later on the same day a family of six was killed by an IED in Baghlan’s Pul-e-Khumti city near a registration center. And on Monday 23 April, reportedly an unconfirmed number of soldiers of the National Afghan Army and the National Police forces were killed in western Badghis province. These horrendous attacks targeted Afghanistan’s Democracy and the democratic election process. The Islamic State (ISIL also known as “ISIS” or “Daesh”) group have claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack in Kabul.
The Embassy of the I.R. of Afghanistan express their deep condolences to the victims’ families and wish quick recovery to the many injured during these attacks.
23. April, 2018 – Embassy of the I.R. of Afghanistan to Norway
Other official statements following the attacks:
Official statement from H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani: “Arg, Kabul: The criminal terrorists today martyred and wounded a number of our compatriots, including children and women, in two terrorist incidents at the center of the distribution of Tazkera in the Kabul sixth district of Kabul and another in Baghlan province.
While condemning these terrorist events, President Ghani said that savage terrorists, including Islamic values, do not believe in any national or democratic value, should know that by carrying out such criminal acts they can never weaken the will and determination of Afghan people in participating in national Democratic processes.
The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan expressed his deep condolences and sympathies to the families of the martyrs of the terrorist incidents, and wished paradise for martyrs, and quick recovery for the wounded.”
Official statement from Mr. Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan: “The UN family in Afghanistan feels a deep sense of revulsion at today’s outrage. Compounding the callous disregard for the lives of civilians, the killing appears to be part of a wholly unacceptable effort by extremists to deter Afghan citizens from carrying out their constitutional right to take part in elections.”
Official statement from Mr. Audun Halvorsen, State Secretary at Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “Norway strongly condemns attack against center for voter registration in Kabul today with many casualties. A direct attack on the democratic process in Afghanistan. Important that voters are secure and that preparations for elections continue.”