News in Brief 2 March 2017 (AM)

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School children in Kabul, Afghanistan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Taliban attacks which killed 15 in Kabul condemned by Security Council

Terrorist attacks which killed at least 15 people in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, have been strongly condemned by the UN Security Council.

In a statement, the Council described the two separate attacks claimed by Taliban extremists  as "heinous and cowardly."

Dozens were also injured, and news reports suggest that at least one of the attacks was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Council members expressed their "deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and to the people and government of Afghanistan."

The statement also welcomed "their unity in confronting this tragedy."

News reports said that the attacks were the first in Kabul by insurgents since a suicide bombing outside the Supreme Court offices on 7 February.

Security Council mission to Lake Chad Basin focusses on security and aid

Members of the UN Security Council have arrived in Cameroon, on the first leg of a mission to Africa's Lake Chad Basin that will focus on the region's security and humanitarian situation.

The Boko Haram terrorist group has destabilized much of the region in the past few years, fuelling a displacement crisis and damaging the fragile economy.

The mission is due to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the region and the underlying causes of fragility.

After visiting Cameroon on Thursday, the mission will move on to Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

The chairperson of the African Union Peace and Security Council is expected to accompany Council members throughout the six-day mission.

Firing of rocket into Israel from Gaza condemned by UN envoy

The firing of a rocket from Gaza towards Israel on Wednesday has been condemned by the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

Nickolay Mladenov said that "such provocations seek only to undermine peace."

He called on "all responsible parties to exercise maximum restraint" and avoid escalating the incident in a way that might jeopardize Israeli and Palestinian lives.

According to news reports, the rocket exploded on a beach in southern Israel and no casualties or damage was reported.

Mr Mladenov noted that it was the third rocket attack from Gaza in the past 30 days, after a period of almost four months without any attacks.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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