UN condemns Taliban attack on Afghanistan’s victory parade

April 29th, 2008 - 2:37 am ICT by admin  

New York, April 29 (DPA) The UN Security Council issued a condemnation Monday of the Taliban-led attack against a victory parade in Kabul attended by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who escaped unhurt. One person was killed and 11 others injured when Taliban forces opened fire on a parade marking the end of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in February 1989, by Afghan freedom fighters known as mujahideen.

The Taliban took credit for the attack, saying that six of its fighters opened fire on the ceremony. Kabul said neither Karzai nor the cabinet ministers and mujahideen leaders attending the ceremony were injured.

The council said in a statement after discussing the incident that it condemned the attack and conveyed deep condolences to families of the victims.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also condemned “in the strongest terms” the attack, calling it “unacceptable”.

“I would like to express again the UN’s support for the reconstruction of Afghanistan through legitimate state institutions, in a manner that addresses the need of the most vulnerable and that provides both justice and security,” he said.

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