"Brutal" suicide attack in Afghanistan condemned

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Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A "brutal" suicide attack that reportedly killed at least 35 people and injured more than 100 others in Afghanistan on Saturday has been strongly condemned by the United Nations.

According to media reports, the attack targeted people queuing outside a bank in the centre of the city of Jalalabad.

Afghanistan continues to face serious security challenges posed by Taliban extremists.

Daniel Dickinson reports

Amongst those killed were children as well as Government employees and security forces personnel collecting their salaries.

At least two other bombings occurred later in the day.

The Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic who is currently in the eastern Afghan city described the attack as "brutal."

He added that suicide bombings were exacting  "an unacceptable toll on Afghan civilians."

In the first three months of 2015, the UN Mission in the country, UNAMA said there had been 655 deaths and over 1,150 injuries by suicide attacks.

In the previous year Nearly 4000 people died in so-called "conflict-related" incidents.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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