KABUL, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Both Afghanistan and the special envoy of UN
Secretary General to the war-torn country have termed the car-bomb suicide
attack against the Indian embassy on Monday an act of terrorism and condemned
"The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan strongly condemns
today's terrorist attack on the embassy of the friendly and brother country of
India," a statement released by the Afghan foreign ministry said.
It also added that such gruesome incidents will not undermine the friendly
relations between the two nations.
Minutes after the deadly incident, Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar
Spanta visited the Indian embassy and expressed condolence and sympathy with
people and the government of India as well as with the victims' families.
Kai Eide, the special envoy of UN Secretary General to Afghanistan, also in
a statement issued by UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), strongly
denounced the incident.
"I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. In no culture, no country,
and no religion is there any excuse or justification for such acts. The total
disregard for innocent lives is staggering and those behind this must be held
responsible," the statement added.
In the attack, the deadliest one over the past couple of years in the
Afghan capital, according to a statement of the Interior Ministry, more than 100
people were killed and injured, and of these only 11 are police constables and
the remaining are civilians.
However, an official of the interior ministry Najib Nikzad earlier put the
number of those killed as high as 40 while Abdullah Fahim, the spokesman of the
Public Health Ministry, said 28 were killed and 141 sustained injuries.
More than 2,000 people, including over 700 civilians, have been killed in
violent incidents so far this year in Afghanistan.