News ID: 195344
Published: 1042 GMT June 23, 2017

Iran condemns Afghanistan terrorist attack

Iran condemns Afghanistan terrorist attack

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Thursday condemned a terrorist attack in the Afghan province of Helmand, adding that that terrorists and extremist groups do not abide by any basic humanitarian and moral principles.

At least 34 people were killed and more than 60 others wounded in a car bomb blast outside a bank in Afghanistan’s southern province on Thursday, IRNA reported.

Expressing condolences to the Afghan government, nation and families of the victims, Qassemi said Iran will stand by Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism.

Qassemi said terrorists continue their crimes and atrocities against humanity at any time or place with no consideration.

“In a world in which terrorism has turned into a business, the terrorists and extremist groups have shown that they do not abide by any basic humanitarian and moral principles and are ready to keep on their anti-human crimes at any place and any time without any commitment and consideration,” Qassemi deplored.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for the Helmand provincial governor, said at least 34 people were killed and more than 60 wounded, including members of the police and army, civilians and staff of the New Kabul Bank branch where the attack took place.

The Taliban, on one of its Twitter accounts, claimed responsibility for the blast, which it said had killed 73 members of the security forces and wounded 44.

The blast, which also damaged nearby shops, came as Afghans were preparing to celebrate next week's Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.


Helmand, one of the world's major opium growing centers and a traditional heartland of the Taliban, has been under particularly heavy pressure with large parts of the province at the hands of the terrorists.

Bank buildings have been repeatedly attacked in recent years in Afghanistan as civilians and military personnel receive their monthly salaries.





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