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Pakistan condemns suicide attack in Kabul’s diplomatic enclave

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Wednesday condemned a suicide attack in Afghan capital Kabul’s diplomatic enclave that killed at least five people.

A day earlier, a suicide bomber believed to be as young as 12, struck Kabul’s heavily fortified diplomatic quarter and killed at least five people, showing that militants can still hit the heart of the city despite tighter security.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Foreign Office spokesperson said Pakistan condemned terrorism of every sort and expressed solidarity with the government and people of Afghanistan in their fight against terrorism

He stressed the need for enhancing cooperation between the two states for the elimination of the scourge of terrorism.

It was the first attack targeting the Afghan capital’s “Green Zone” since a massive truck bomb ripped through the area on May 31, killing or wounding hundreds, and prompting authorities to strengthen protection.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack, which follows a spate of suicide assaults by Taliban and IS insurgents on security installations and mosques in recent weeks.

The attack was a setback for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani who had promised to beef up the security of the diplomatic zone after the truck bomb detonated outside the German embassy five months ago.



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