UPDATE 2 - Turkey 'strongly' condemns Kabul terror attack

UPDATE 2 - Turkey 'strongly' condemns Kabul terror attack

US, UNSC also condemn attack in which vehicle packed with explosives rams into entrance of Afghan Interior Ministry


By Merve Aydogan and Meryem Goktas

ANKARA (AA) - Turkey on Saturday condemned the terror attack at the entrance of a government compound in Kabul, the Afghan capital.

A powerful suicide car bombing at the entrance of the Afghan Interior Ministry killed more than 90 people and injured scores of others, according to officials.

"We learned with great sorrow that a terrorist attack perpetrated today in Kabul, resulted in loss of lives of many Afghan brothers and sisters and left many others wounded," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"We strongly condemn this heinous terrorist attack targeting innocent civilians," the statement said.

Turkey further conveyed its condolences to the government and the people of Afghanistan and wished "speedy recovery to the wounded."

- U.S condemnation

In a written statement made by the White House, the U.S. President Donald Trump also condemned the attack.

“I condemn the despicable car bombing attack in Kabul today that has left scores of innocent civilians dead and hundreds injured,” the statement said.

“This murderous attack renews our resolve and that of our Afghan partners. The Taliban’s cruelty will not prevail. The United States is committed to a secure Afghanistan that is free from terrorists who would target Americans, our allies, and anyone who does not share their wicked ideology,” it added.

The statement called all countries to take “decisive action” against the Taliban and the terrorist infrastructure that supports them.

The written statement by the State Department said that it “strongly condemns the horrific attack”.

"Our thoughts are with the families of the victims who were injured and killed, and we mourn all those who lost their lives in this senseless attack,” it said.

“The United States stands with the people of Afghanistan, and we remain firmly committed to supporting the Afghan people’s efforts to achieve peace, security, and prosperity for their country,” it added.

- UNSC condemnation

The UN Security Council in a written statement condemned "in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack" in Kabul.

The UNSC expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Afghanistan.

"The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of Afghanistan and all other relevant authorities in this regard," the statement added.

The attack comes a week after five Taliban militants stormed the iconic Intercontinental Hotel in the city, killing more than 20 local and foreign guests staying in the capital’s fortified green zone.

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