Afghanistan: Bring ‘architects’ of latest ‘appalling’ suicide bombing to justice, says deputy UN mission chief

UNAMA/Fardin Waezi
Headquarters of the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan.

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

In the wake of dozens of civilian deaths – the most recent, a suicide attack in Jalalabad on Sunday – a high-level United Nations representative on the ground called for “the architects of this appalling crime” to be brought to justice.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the suicide attack that left at least 19 civilians dead, and expressed concern over a recent spate of incidents targeting schools and medical centres. More than 20 others, including children, were injured in the blast.

“The architects of this appalling crime must be brought to justice,” said Ingrid Hayden on Monday, the deputy head of UNAMA, and Deputy Special Representative.

According to a statement from the mission, most of the suicide bomber’s victims were from Afghanistan’s small Sikh and Hindu community – part of a delegation on its way to meet President Ashraf Ghani, who was visiting the capital city of Nangarhar province, in the Khogyani district.

Media reports noted that among the dead in the overwhelmingly Muslim nation, was the only Sikh candidate who was standing in upcoming legislative elections.

UN chief, António Guterres also condemned the attack, in a statement,  extending his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

“Any attack deliberately targeting civilians is unjustifiable and in clear violation of international law,” said the UN chief, calling on “all parties to uphold their obligation to protect civilians, including minority communities, and cease targeting civilians and civilian facilities.”

Elsewhere in Nangarhar, two civilian night watchmen were beheaded, a third killed and a school torched on Saturday in an attack by a local affiliate of the ISIL terrorist group, known as the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), which has been carrying out a campaign against schools and educational workers in the region.

And on Monday, missiles were fired into Jalalabad – hitting the Najmuljihad high school, with other projectiles landing nearby. There were no reports of casualties.

UNAMA also expressed concern over recent incidents impacting health facilities. On 25 June, a mortar hit the Andar district hospital in Ghazni province killing a doctor and a vaccination worker, and on 1 July, in the northern province of Faryab, three civilians, including a woman and child, were killed. Several others, mainly women and children, were injured in an Afghan National Army helicopter attack in the Pashtun Kot district.

The attack allegedly targeted Taliban combatants at a health clinic where civilian patients were also receiving treatment, said UNAMA.

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

The UN in Afghanistan expressed its condolences to the loved-ones of all those killed and wished a full and speedy recovery to the injured.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

“Working together to make a change at the COP 21 in Paris”, an article by Ambassador Yang of the Chinese Mission to EU

The Schengen area is at a crossroads

Will GDPR block Blockchain?

COP21 Breaking News: Conference of Youth Focuses on Hard Skills to Drive Greater Climate Action

State of the Union 2017: Juncker’s optimism about EU growth and Brexit’s impact

Emergency meeting called as Ebola spreads to Congolese city – UN health agency

Do academia and banks favour a new Middle Ages period?

China is the first non-EU country to invest in Europe’s €315 billion Plan

UN chief welcomes Taliban’s temporary truce announcement, encourages all parties to embrace ‘Afghan-owned peace’

These companies can recycle nearly anything, from cigarette butts to fax machines

A Trumpist squad shook Davos and the world

Contact the Sting

Does the EU want GMOs and meat with hormones from the US?

Is the EU’s enlargement over-stretched?

Why the 33,000 staff European Commission did not have a real contingency plan for the refugee crisis?

Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson: who forced the two ‘brave’ Brexiteers to quit?

Modern humanitarian aid at times of global crises

Is South Korea set to lose from its FTA with the EU?

Starbucks and FIAT again under Commission’s microscope: is Europe ready to kick multinationals out of the house?

Trump doesn’t only target Germany, aims to crack the entire EU

Breaking news: Juncker’s Commission mutant trojan horse is on the loose in Strasbourg

EU finally to extend sanctions on Russia despite arguments; Greece again in Europe’s spotlight

Investment, not debt, can kick-start an entrepreneurial Europe

It’s a week dedicated to all EU budgets; seven days that can make or break the Union

TTIP 9th Round marked by American disappointment: Will some optimism save this trade agreement?

The revenge of the fallen

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “Chinese economy has great potential, resilience and ample space for policy adjustment”, China’s Vice President Li Yuanchao reassures from Davos

Banks promise easing of credit conditions in support of the real economy

What living abroad does to your self-awareness

MWC 2016 LIVE: Ericsson/Cisco partnership on track, insist execs

A Sting Exclusive: “Leading by example! EU must push for UN deal to avoid dangerous climate change”, European Parliament Vice-President Ulrike Lunacek cries out from Brussels

Why banks escape from competition rules but not pharmaceutical firms

Intergenerational, intercultural, interactive – The 2015 edition of JADE’s Generations Club: Transforming Europe into an entrepreneurial society

Access to healthcare: what do we lack?

For Youth Rights: steps forward for better protection.

Why embracing human rights will ensure Artificial Intelligence works for all

The German banks first to profit from public subsidies of trillions

How the EU sees its own and Russia’s role in Ukraine

Syria: Why did the US-Russia brokered ceasefire collapse? What does the duo care for?

Ukrainian civil war: Is this the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?

Latest tragedy in the Mediterranean claims over 100 lives – UN refugee agency

Historical success for the First ever European Presidential Debate

Early signs of growth in Eurozone?

ECB: A revolutionary idea to revitalize the European economy with cheap loans to SMEs

EU-Turkey deal on migrants kicked off but to who’s interest?

Europe enters uncharted waters with Kiev-Moscow standoff

EU: Tax evasion and fraud flourish under political protection

Jade Spring Meeting 2017 – day 2: Coporate workshops, general assembly and magna moment

Commission deepens criticism on German economic policies

Antitrust: Commission imposes binding obligations on Gazprom to enable free flow of gas at competitive prices in Central and Eastern European gas markets

MWC 2016 Live: Industrial world prepares to reap digital benefits

Community Manager – 1289

‘Free state aid’ for imprudent banks

G20 LIVE: G20 Antalya Summit in Numbers, 15-16 November 2015

Lagarde’s metamorphoses, not a laughing matter

Energy: new target of 32% from renewables by 2030 agreed by MEPs and ministers

Draghi’s 2018 compromise: enough money printing to revive inflation and check euro ascent

Youth employment crisis easing but far from over

Industry 4.0: Championing Europe’s fourth industrial revolution

Why do medical students have to emigrate to become doctors in 2017?

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s