United Nations condemns terror attacks in Afghanistan

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A wide view of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Photo: UNAMA

Terrorist attacks in Afghanistan which left dozens dead in the capital Kabul, and at the home of the Provincial Governor of Kandahar have been condemned by the United Nations.

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Afghanistan, and the governor of Kandahar are reported to be among the injured.

More details from Matthew Wells.

The statement on Wednesday from United Nations Headquarters in New York described the attacks as "despicable" and expressed the UN's "solidarity with the people and governments of Afghanistan and of the United Arab Emirates."

It called for those responsible to be brought to justice, and described indiscriminate attacks against civilians, including diplomatic envoys, as an unjustifiable violation of international law.

The UN Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, added its condemnation, saying that as many as 13 civilians had been killed at the governor's residence in Kandahar while he was hosting a diplomatic dinner.

A suicide attacker from the Taliban terrorist group detonated an explosive vest outside the Parliamentary Administration Compound in Kabul and shortly after, a car bomb was detonated, killing at least 35 and injuring 50, said UNAMA.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks in the capital, claiming they were targeting senior government officials.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

Duration: 54"

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