The United Nations Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned the series of terrorist attacks that have taken place in the Afghan capital, Kabul, since last Thursday and resulted in hundreds of casualties and at least 70 deaths, including children.
“The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous acts and to the Government of Afghanistan. They wished the injured a speedy recovery and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of these deplorable acts to justice,” said a statement issued to the press.
The 15-member body reiterated that no violent or terrorist acts can reverse the path towards peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan.
In the wake of the latest attacks, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) renewed its call on anti-Government elements, including the Taliban, to cease the use of complex and suicide attacks in civilian-populated areas.
Between 1 January and 7 August 2015, UNAMA documented 1,523 civilian casualties (282 deaths and 1,241 injured) from complex and suicide attacks launched by anti-Government elements, almost doubling the death and injuries compared to the same period in 2014.