UN condemns Taliban attacks in Kabul

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The United Nations has condemned Sunday's brazen attack in the Afghan capital Kabul by suspected Taliban insurgents.

The insurgents targeted the central district of Kabul where several Afghan institutions and foreign embassies are located. Attacks were also reported in Nangarhar, Logar and Paktia provinces in what the Taliban said was part of their “spring offensive”.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said the attacks had taken place in densely populated areas and those responsible had shown a callous disregard for human life.

Speaking in Brussels, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for increased support to the Afghan government’s counter-terrorism efforts.

"I condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms. They targeted state institutions and international organizations including foreign diplomatic missions in Kabul and in other parts of the country. We need to strengthen the capacity of counter terrorism efforts and of Afghan national security. The UN remains committed to supporting the efforts of the government to consolidate peace and democracy."

The UN mission in Afghanistan is appealing to all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to place civilian protection as their top priority and take all steps necessary to prevent civilian casualties.

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