UN in Afghanistan "outraged" by deadly suicide attack in Kabul

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A street scene in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi

The acting head of the UN Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, said she is "personally outraged" by all the attacks against civilians.

Pernille Kardel made the remarks following a deadly attack in the capital, Kabul, which killed 20 people and injured 40 others.

A suicide attacker detonated a car packed with explosives against a bus carrying civil servants in Kabul's Ghulayee Dawa Khan area.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The blast took place amid commemorations of the 2016 Dehmazang Square attack in which dozens of civilian demonstrators from the Shia Hazara minority were killed, UNAMA said on Monday.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Mission confirmed.

UNAMA acting chief, Pernille Kardel, denounced what she called an "egregious and cowardly" attack in a busy, civilian-populated area.

Ms Kardel, who is also the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, urged the parties to seek a "peaceful way" to resolve their differences.

Attacks deliberately targeting civilians, and the intentional killing of civilians are considered war crimes by the UN.

Suicide and complex attacks have so far been the leading cause of civilian casualties perpetrated by anti-government elements in 2017, according to a recent UNAMA report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. 

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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