Afghan suicide attack condemned by UN

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Nicholas Haysom. Photo: UNAMA/Eric Kanalstein

A suicide attack in northern Afghanistan, which killed 15 civilians and injured nearly 50 others has been condemned by the United Nations.

According to reports, a suicide attacker with an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the centre of Maimana, the capital of Faryab province.

Local health officials have confirmed that two children were among those killed. The injured included a pregnant woman.

The Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, said that the continuing rise in civilian deaths from IEDs was "tragic."

He added that their use in what he called "a distinctly civilian location" such as a market was "atrocious" and could not be justified.

In the first two and a half months of 2014, IED attacks have killed 190 civilians in Afghanistan.

The latest violence comes as the country prepares to hold presidential and provincial council elections on 5 April.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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