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UN chief flays terrorist attack on Herat mosque

UN chief flays terrorist attack on Herat mosque

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Aug 02, 2017 - 10:23

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): UN Secretary General António Guterres on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack against worshippers in a mosqueinfo-icon in western Herat province, where at least 15 civilians were killed and many more injured.

“Attacks that deliberately target civilians are clear violations of fundamental human rights and international humanitarian law,” said a statement from the UN secretary-general. 

The bombing happened a day after the assault against the Embassy of Iraq in Kabulinfo-icon, where two Afghan civilians lost their lives while a third was injured.

Recalling the cardinal principle of the inviolability of diplomatic premises, Guterres extended his condolences to the families of victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

He also expresses his solidarity with the people and the government of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organisation, also condemned the bombing targeting Shia Muslims in Herat, where at least 20 people were killed.

“We condemn this cowardly attack on a house of worship and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators. These types of heinous crimes are designed to create intra-faith tensions and division. We should not give the criminals what they seek,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

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