UNAMA condemns attack on Refugee Department in Jalalabad

31 Jul 2018

UNAMA condemns attack on Refugee Department in Jalalabad

KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns in the strongest terms today’s attack in Jalalabad that killed at least 13 civilians and injured at least 20, and expresses its outrage at the recent pattern of attacks targeting civilians and civilian objects.

The province’s Refugee Department was deliberately targeted in today’s attack by a group of men including suicide bombers. Much of the building was badly damaged in an operation lasting several hours.

Jalalabad and the surrounding region has in recent months seen a significant number of attacks targeting civilian objects, including schools and hospitals. Earlier this week, Jalalabad witnessed a separate similar suicide attack against a midwifery education centre.

“These attacks deliberately targeting civilians are abhorrent,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “The killings amount to atrocities, and everything must be done to bring the planners to account.”

The United Nations stresses that all parties to the conflict must at all times uphold their obligations to protect civilians and reiterates its call to immediately cease targeting civilians and civilian objects, including schools and health facilities, in compliance with international humanitarian law.

The United Nations in Afghanistan expresses its condolences to the loved ones of those killed and wishes a full and speedy recovery to the injured.