An explosion occurred at the Khalifa Sahib Mosque, located in the Darulaman district to the west of the city. latest in a series of attacks to civilian targets in capitals and provinces.
The explosion tore the mosque and damaged its roof, which collapsed on worshipers, the local United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said, citing earlier reports.
“We express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and we wish the injured a speedy recovery,” the spokesperson said. “Attacks on civilians and civilian objects, including mosques, are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law..”
likely to increase casualties
Local hospitals reported a much higher number of casualties known to have killed and injured dozens, including many children.
In hospitals operated by the non-governmental organization EMERGENCY alone, there were more than 20 victims, two of whom died on arrival.
Afghanistan’s UN humanitarian coordinator Ramiz Alakbarov issued a statement condemning the “horrible” attack.
“Today’s explosion, approaching on the last friday of holy week of ramadanAnother painful blow to the people of Afghanistan, who continue to be exposed to constant unrest and violence.”
“It is Indiscriminate targeting of civilians is unconscionable When they do their daily chores, when they gather for prayer, when they go to school or the market, or when they go to work.”
On Thursday, at least nine people were killed and 15 others were injured in a separate explosion on two minibuses in the city of Mazar-E-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.
Alakbarov reiterated that direct attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including mosques, are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law.
Total disregard for ‘religious sanctity’
The United Nations Support Group for Afghanistan (UNAMA) said Friday’s explosions followed fatal attacks in Kabul, Kunduz and Mazar-E-Sharif.
Two UN officials and their families inside the mosque at the time of the explosion suffered direct damage.
“Today’s attack on the last Friday of Holy Ramadan and on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr completely ignores human life and religious divinity. There are no words strong enough to condemn this vile act. Muslims across Afghanistan are targeting places of worship as they prepare to celebrate Eid.
“Recent attacks on civilians, attacks on ethnic and religious minorities, anxious tendency in Afghanistan. These violations of international humanitarian and human rights law must be stopped immediately.”
Security Council condemnation
The UN Security Council also issued a detailed statement on Saturday, condemning several recent terrorist attacks against ethnic minorities in Afghanistan.
“The Security Council members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and expressions is one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” the statement said.
“The members of the Security Council are Perpetrators, organizers, funders and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism are held accountable and brought to justice.. They urged all States to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions.”