KABUL (SW) – The brazen mosque bombing during Friday prayers in Nangarhar province has been vehemently condemned at home and abroad as the death toll soars to 66 killed and over 30 injured.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said in a statement while condemning the attack that the Taliban have paved way with their terrorizing actions for Daesh and other terrorist groups to stage such attacks.
Elsewhere, religious scholars in Balkh province on Saturday denounced this attack. At a moot, the scholars dubbed such terrorist attacks as entirely inhuman and against the basic values of Islam. They said those behind such attacks want to defame Islam.
The Amnesty International called for holding the perpetrators of this attack accountable while the U.S. Ambassador in Afghanistan, John Bass, said such an attack on innocent civilians gathered for prayers is unacceptable.
The Wolesi Jirga (lower house) held a special session on the incident. The house urged the government to expedite efforts to identify and bring to justice those behind the attack.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry extended the offer of full support to Afghanistan in combating terrorism in this connection. Iran has dubbed the attack as an evil act of terrorism.
NATO has reaffirmed its support to Afghanistan in combating terrorism.