May 14, 2022

Afghanistan deadly attack on Kunduz mosque during Friday prayers

Afghanistan is in mourning after a deadly attack on the Imam Zaman mosque in Kunduz. The suicide bomber detonated at least 500 pounds of explosives, killing more than 30 people and injuring dozens during Friday prayers. According to officials, the attack was carried out by members of ISIS-Khorasan Province. This horrific crime shows once again that Afghanistan continues to suffer from terrorist violence, said Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of UNAMA while condemning the attack.

The casualty figures are not the only tragedy. This attack once again shows the blatant disregard for civilian life, said Yamamoto. I strongly deplore this act and call on all actors to redouble their efforts to protect civilians from harm. The UN envoy urged anti-government elements to refrain from actions that violate international humanitarian law and put civilians at risk.

UNAMA calls on the Government of Afghanistan to bring those responsible for this crime to justice and continue its efforts to strengthen measures aimed at protecting civilians from the effects of violence. We urge all Afghans, including religious leaders, to unite in condemning such acts and using their role to promote tolerance and the common good amongst communities.

The UN Security Council also condemned the bombing. Statement of the Afghan Permanent Representative to the UN, Mahmoud Saikal, said that Afghanistan had once again been hit by a despicable act of terror. He went on to say it was an attack against all Afghans and their values of tolerance, brotherhood, and peaceful co-existence.

For many years mosques have been targeted by anti-government elements, says Saikal. This is an attack against our faith and culture, but also our very existence as a country. The Afghan authorities have pledged to investigate the incident and bring those responsible to justice. Hopefully, this will serve as a deterrent for anyone considering similar acts in the future.

The Imam Zaman mosque in Kunduz was attacked during morning prayers. Officials say 30 people were killed and at least 50 others injured. The casualty figures are not the only tragedy. This attack once again shows the blatant disregard for civilian life, said Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of UNAMA while condemning the attack. I strongly deplore this act and call on all actors to redouble their efforts to protect civilians from harm. The UN envoy urged anti-government elements to refrain from actions that violate international humanitarian law and put civilians at risk.

UNAMA calls on the Government of Afghanistan to bring those responsible for this crime to justice and continue its efforts to strengthen measures aimed at protecting civilians from the effects of violence. We urge all Afghans, including religious leaders, to unite in condemning such acts and using their role to promote tolerance and the common good amongst communities.

UN Security Council also condemned the bombing. Statement of the Afghan Permanent Representative to the UN, Mahmoud Saikal, said that Afghanistan had once again been hit by a despicable act of terror. He went on to say it was an attack against all Afghans and their values of tolerance, brotherhood, and peaceful co-existence.