UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- UN Security Council Friday condemned "in the strongest terms" the terrorist attack at a restaurant in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, which caused a number of deaths and injuries to Afghan civilians and international personnel, including UN staff.
In a press statement issued here, the council members underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these "reprehensible acts of terrorism" to justice, and urged all states to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard.
A man detonated his explosive jacket close to the entrance of Lebanese Restaurant popular with foreigners on Friday night. Three UN staff members were among the 14 civilians killed in the terrorist attack, responsibility for which has been claimed by the Taliban.
In Friday's statement, the council members expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and to the people and government of Afghanistan, as well as to those other countries whose nationals have been victims of this attack.
"The members of the Security Council reiterated their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and illegal armed groups to the local population, national security forces, and international military and international assistance efforts in Afghanistan," said the statement.
The most powerful body of the UN reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is "criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group."
Reiterating the steadfast support for the role of the organization and UN-affiliated organizations in Afghanistan, the 15-member council reaffirmed its determination to combat by all means threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
"The members of the Security Council reiterated that no terrorist act can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the government of Afghanistan and the international community," the statement said.