UN mission condemns attack on Shi'a mosque in Kabul

KABUL, 27th August, 2017 (WAM) -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, has condemned the attack during Friday prayer at Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul that killed at least 20 civilians, including seven women and a child, injuring more than 30 others.

According to UNAMA, one assailant detonated his suicide vest outside the mosque, while another continued inside, indiscriminately killing and wounding people. The mission expressed its condolences to the families of those killed in the attack and wishes a full and speedy recovery to those injured. Islamic State-Khorasan Province claimed responsibility, stating that two of its suicide attackers targeted a Shi'a mosque in Kabul, noted the mission.

"This latest in a series of attacks targeting members of the Shi'a community at worship has no possible justification," said Toby Lanzer, the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Acting Head of UNAMA, adding that such attacks directed against congregations and places of worship are serious violations of international law that may amount to war crimes.


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