UN, NATO condem attack on Iraqi Embassy in Kabul

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, July 31, 2017

Office of The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned the suicide attack by the Daesh militant group on the embassy of Iraq in Kabul that left two Afghan civilians dead.

“The attack, which occurred in a residential area of central Kabul, lasted around five hours and involved several armed men who killed two Afghan civilian employees inside the embassy and injured a police officer before being killed by Afghan security forces. Islamic State-Khorasan Province (Daesh) claimed responsibility,” UNAMA said in a statement on Monday.

“This is yet another attack that appears to have targeted the international community but in which Afghan civilians bore the brunt of the violence,” the statement read.

“This attack shows complete contempt for human life, as well as the international law designed to protect diplomats,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.

“I commend the Afghan security forces for their swift action that saved many lives.”

Meanwhile, NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Ambassador Cornelius Zimmermann also denounced the attack, terming it against the principles of international law.

“I strongly condemn the attack against the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Kabul today. Attacks against diplomatic facilities and staff are against the principles of international law,” ambassador Zimmermann said in a statement on Monday.

“ISIS (Daesh) has once again demonstrated their utter disrespect for civilian lives,” reads the statement.

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