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Pakistan condemns Afghan attack, terms it ‘an act to vitiate peace efforts’

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Tuesday strongly condemned a terrorist attack in Wardak, in West Kabul, that has reportedly taken more than 100 lives, ARY News reported.

Attackers rammed a captured military Humvee packed with explosives into a training centre of the National Directorate for Security (NDS) in Maidan Wardak province, west of the capital Kabul. At least two gunmen followed up, spraying the compound with gunfire before they were shot down.

According to FO tweet: “Pakistan condemns terrorist attack in Wardak that has reportedly taken more than 100 lives. We pray for the maghfirah of the deceased. Our hearts go out for the bereaved families. We share their grief. Such reprehensible acts vitiate the environment of ongoing efforts for peace.”

President Ashraf Ghani’s office said in a statement the “enemies of the country” had carried out the attack and had killed and wounded “a number of our beloved and honest sons”.

The sophisticated attack on a highly secured base underlined the heavy pressure facing Afghan security forces as increasingly Taliban fighters have stepped up operations, even as diplomatic efforts to agree on a peaceful settlement to the conflict have begun.

Taliban insurgents, fighting to drive out international forces from Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the attack, which spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said killed 190 people.

Last week, militants set off a car bomb outside a highly fortified compound killing at least five people and wounding more than 110 in the capital, Kabul but casualties from Monday’s attack appear to have been far higher.

 

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