UNAMA condemns attack on civilians in Mazar

11 Nov 2016

UNAMA condemns attack on civilians in Mazar

KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan condemns last night’s attack against civilian residents of the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif.

Shortly before midnight on 10 November, a vehicle laden with heavy explosives detonated in the vicinity of the German Consulate in Mazar, killing four civilians and injuring 128, including 19 women and 38 children. Most of the injured suffered minor wounds from broken glass while those with serious injuries remain hospitalized. The explosion also damaged more than 100 homes and shops.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, describing it as revenge for recent air strikes in the neighbouring province of Kunduz.

Attacks deliberately targeting the civilian population and violence aimed at spreading terror among civilians may amount to war crimes under customary international humanitarian law. 

The UN Mission expresses its sincere condolences to the families of victims and a speedy recovery to those injured.