Lethal mosque explosion ‘one other painful blow to the folks of Afghanistan’

The blast on the Khalifa Sahib mosque, positioned within the Darulaman space within the west of town, is the most recent in a sequence of assaults on civilian targets within the capital and provinces. 

The explosion tore by the mosque, damaging the roof, which caved in on worshippers, the UN humanitarian affairs workplace (OCHA) within the nation stated, citing preliminary reviews. 

Casualties seemingly greater 

Native hospitals reported far greater casualty figures, with dozens stated to be killed and injured, together with many youngsters.  

A hospital ran by the non-governmental group EMERGENCY, alone obtained greater than 20 victims, two of whom had been lifeless on arrival. 

Ramiz Alakbarov, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, issued a statement condemning the “heinous” assault. 

Indiscriminately focused 

“As we speak’s blast, which comes on the final Friday of the holy week of Ramadan, is one more painful blow to the folks of Afghanistan who proceed to be uncovered to unremitting insecurity and violence,” he stated.  

“It’s unconscionable for civilians to be focused indiscriminately as they go about their each day enterprise, gathering for prayers, going to high school or the market, or on their strategy to work.”  

On Thursday, not less than 9 folks had been killed, and 15 wounded, in separate blasts on two minibuses within the metropolis of Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan. 

Mr. Alakbarov reiterated that directing assaults in opposition to civilians and civilian infrastructure, together with mosques, is strictly prohibited underneath worldwide humanitarian regulation. 

Whole disregard for ‘non secular sanctity’ 

The UN Help Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) stated the explosion on Friday adopted a spate of current lethal assaults in Kabul, Kunduz and Mazar-e-Sharif, which seem to have particularly focused the Hazara, Shia and Sufi minority communities. 

Two UN employees members and their households, who had been contained in the mosque on the time of the blast, had been instantly affected. 

“As we speak’s assault, carried out on the final Friday of the Holy month of Ramadan and on the eve of the Eid-ul-Fitr, completely disregards human lives and spiritual sanctity. No phrases are sturdy sufficient to sentence this despicable act, concentrating on a spot of worship, as Muslims throughout Afghanistan put together to rejoice the Eid,” said Mette Knudsen, the UN Secretary-Common’s Deputy Particular Consultant for Afghanistan.  

“Latest assaults in opposition to civilians, concentrating on ethnic and spiritual minorities, characterize a disturbing development in Afghanistan. These violations of worldwide humanitarian and human rights legal guidelines should finish instantly.” 


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