UN chief condemns mosque attack in Kabul

World Sunday 01/May/2022 08:44 AM
UN chief condemns mosque attack in Kabul

Kabul: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the attack on the Khalifa Sahib mosque in Kabul that reportedly killed at least 10 people.

"The Secretary-General strongly condemns yesterday's deadly attack on the Khalifa Sahib Mosque in western Kabul during Friday prayers.

He extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a swift recovery to those injured," Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq said in a statement on Saturday. "Attacks against civilians and civilian objects, including mosques, are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law," he added.

Friday's explosion damaged the mosque's roof, which caved in on worshippers.

UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan Ramiz Alakbarov said that the blast reportedly resulted in the death of at least 10 people, and injured up to fifteen.

A series of deadly blasts have occurred in Afghanistan in the past days. On Thursday, two explosions killed at least nine people and injured over a dozen others in Mazar-e-Sharif in Balkh province.

The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the twin blasts. On Saturday, Afghan police spokesperson Khalid Zadran said that at least one woman was killed and three other people were injured in an explosion in Kabul.