Norway condemns terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan 2009-10-29 06:19:12   Print

    STOCKHOLM, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Norway condemned Wednesday terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to reports reaching here from Oslo.

    "We condemn the terrorist attacks that have killed innocent people in Pakistan and Afghanistan today. It is particularly serious that the UN was once again the target. Our thoughts and sympathy go to the victims and their families," Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Minister Store in a statement.

    "It is deeply tragic that people who are in Afghanistan to help rebuild the country, and who are not involved in the conflict, are the targets of such atrocities. This is an attack on fundamental humanitarian principles," said he, adding that Norway will continue its contributions to the international efforts in Afghanistan.

    "I am also deeply concerned about the situation in Pakistan. It is a tragedy that so many innocent civilians have lost their lives in this way, and a distressing illustration of the challenges facing this region," Store added.

    The statement also said International aid workers are increasingly being targeted directly, and the last two years have been the most difficult ever for humanitarian aid workers. The UN mission in Afghanistan is headed by the Norwegian Kai Eide, and Norway contributes substantially to international efforts, both military and civilian, in Afghanistan.

    Militants Wednesday penetrated a UN guesthouse in Kabul, killing six foreign national staff of UN and three security guards of the compound. Five more UN staff were injured. It was reported that Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility.

    More than 150 people were also wounded in the car bombing in Peshawar earlier in the day, the deadliest in a surge of attacks this month. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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