UN envoy condemns "reprehensible" killings of Afghan civilians

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Mark Bowden, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Indiscriminate attacks that maim and kill civilians may amount to war crimes, the Deputy Envoy for Afghanistan warned on Friday.

Mark Bowden made the statement after Thursday's suicide car bombing in the province of Panjshir that took the lives of 15 people, including seven civilians.

More than a dozen people were injured, including civilians, with casualties expected to rise in the coming days.

The outlawed Taliban movement claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mr. Bowden, who is also the acting head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), described the killings as "reprehensible".

He said attacks of this kind are serious breaches of international humanitarian law.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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