Killing of 19 civilians in Afghanistan condemned

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Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom. Photo: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi

The killing of at least 19 civilians and the injuring of at least 28 others in a bomb attack in northern Afghanistan has been condemned by the UN mission in the country, (UNAMA).

The bombing on Tuesday was the latest in a series of assaults on civilians, as Daniel Dickinson reports.

The bomb attack took place in the Almar district of Faryab province close to the border with Turkmenistan.

The head of UNAMA, Nicholas Haysom, said the killings demonstrated "an appalling disregard for human life."

He reiterated his call for an immediate ban on weapons which "kill indiscriminately and that are used in civilian-populated areas."

Initially, it was not clear who had carried out the bombing. 

The outlawed Taliban movement has admitted to previous killings including an attack on the Afghan parliament last month.

The Government recently held direct talks with the Taliban as a first step to bringing peace to the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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