India condemns suicide terror attack on Afghanistan’s Shia culture center
KABUL: India on Friday condemned the terrorist assault on a Shiite cultural heart in Afghanistan that killed at the very least 41 individuals whereas extending its help to Kabul within the combat in opposition to the menace of terrorism and efforts to deliver peace within the nation.
“India strongly condemns the cowardly suicide terror assault on 28 December on the media information company and the cultural centre in Kabul leading to lack of greater than 40 harmless lives and lots of extra injured,” the Ministry of Exterior Affairs mentioned in a press release immediately.
“Our heartfelt condolences are with the households of the victims of this dastardly assault and we want early restoration to the injured,” the MEA mentioned.
“Indian stays steadfast in its solidarity with the federal government and the individuals of Afghanistan at this tough time. India is dedicated to increase all attainable help of their combat in opposition to the menace of terrorism and efforts to deliver peace, stability and safety within the nation,” it added.
Greater than 40 individuals had been killed and dozens wounded in a suicide blast concentrating on Shiites in Kabul Thursday, officers mentioned, with chaotic scenes on the hospitals in Kabul as anguished households sought family members.
The assault occurred throughout a morning panel dialogue on the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Sunni-majority Afghanistan on the Tabian Social and Cultural Centre, witnesses mentioned.
The Sunni Islamic State group (IS) claimed duty for the ugly assault on the pro-Iranian Tabayan cultural centre, the third lethal assault it has claimed within the Afghan capital this month.
As much as 100 individuals had gathered on the centre to mark the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. It’s positioned in western Kabul, in the identical constructing as affiliated Afghan Voice Company (AVA), an anti-IS media outlet.
Waheed Majrooh, a spokesman for the ministry of public well being, mentioned 41 individuals, together with 4 ladies and two kids, had been killed and 84 wounded, most affected by burns.
Kabul has grow to be one of many deadliest locations in war-torn Afghanistan for civilians in latest months, because the Taliban step up their assaults and IS seeks to develop its presence within the nation.
Over the previous two years, Islamic State in Khorasan, because the native group is thought, has claimed a rising variety of assaults on Shi`ite targets in Afghanistan, the place sectarian assaults had been beforehand uncommon.
Previous to Thursday’s assault, there had been at the very least 12 assaults on Shi’ite targets for the reason that begin of 2016, during which virtually 700 individuals had been killed or wounded, based on United Nations figures. Earlier than that, there had solely been one main assault, in 2011.