Top UN envoy deplores latest suicide bombing to hit Afghan capital

17 January 2009
Kai Eide of Norway (file photo)

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has condemned today''s suicide bombing in Kabul, which struck near the vicinity of a United States military base, the German Embassy and the world body''s offices and reportedly killed at least two civilians and wounded dozens more.

“Today''s suicide bomb attack in central Kabul again shows the blatant disregard of the insurgency for the safety of civilians, and has resulted in a number of civilian casualties,” Kai Eide, the Secretary-General''s Special Representative for Afghanistan, said in a statement.

“To take a bomb into the heart of a crowded city, and to detonate it thereby deliberately causing such serious harm to civilians, deserves the condemnation of all of us,” stated Mr. Eide, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Today''s incident follows a string of deadly attacks last year in the country, including a suicide bombing outside the Indian Embassy in July which reportedly killed over 40 people and injured more than 100. Last year also witnessed a rise in attacks on aid-related targets and non-governmental organizations.


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