UN Security Council Condemns Kabul Attack

The United Nations Security Council has issued a statement addressing the recent Kabul attack. In the press release, the Security Council condemned Taliban's attack on the Afghan capital "in the strongest terms" and emphasized the need for those involved to be brought to justice.

"The members of the Security Council reiterated that no violent or terrorist acts can reverse the Afghan-led process along the path towards peace, democracy and stability," the UN Security Council said in a statement.

The UN Security Council also reiterates its "serious concern" at the threats posed by the Taliban and other illegal and armed groups like ISIS and Al-Qaida to the local population of Afghanistan, the country's national defense and security forces, and international presence in the country.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had earlier sent his condolences to the victims and their families. He strongly condemned the Taliban attack and said during his visit to The Hague, Netherlands that "there is no justification whatsoever for attacking civilian people as well as security people." The UN Secretary-General also urged the international community to "fight against these terrorist attacks."

Tuesday's attack showed the Taliban was unable to meet Afghan forces face to face on the battlefield and has thus resorted to terrorist attacks, Resolute Support Commander, Gen. John W. Nicholson said. Meanwhile, Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, stated in a separate statement that the attack showed the group had "complete disregard" for the lives of civilians.

"The use of high explosives in civilian populated areas, in circumstances almost certain to cause immense suffering to civilians, may amount to war crimes," Yamamoto said further.

Previously, the White House has also condemned the terrorist attack in Kabul. The U.S. government urged the Taliban to choose the "pathway of peace."

The terrorist attack targeted an office of the Afghan government security agency National Directorate of Security in the Puli Mahmud Khan area in Kabul. As a result of a suicide car bomb and gunfire, at least 28 people were killed and more than 300 others were wounded.

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