Reactions to Friday’s blast rise as new attack rocks Kabul

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Friday’s blast in the Sarkariz area of Kabul’s PD6 provoked national and international reactions.

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Abdullah Abdullah, the High Council for National Reconciliation’s former chairman, the UN special rapporteur on Afghanistan, Iranian President, and the EU’s special envoy for Afghanistan have all condemned the incident.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the explosion, saying the incident was against all Islamic and human values.

In reaction to the Friday evening explosion in Sarkariz, Kabul, Abdullah Abdullah said that attacking buildings of worship is an “unforgivable crime” that has no justification.

“Our thoughts are with the victims of yesterday’s attack in Kabul. I join SR_Afghanistan

in his call for protection of all Afghans, including Hazaras, and for bringing perpetrators to justice through due process,” Tomas Niklasson, Special Envoy of the European Union for Afghanistan tweeted.

UN Special Rapporteur Richard Bennett on Human Rights for Afghanistan expressed condolences for the families of victims of yesterday’s blast in Kabul and he said the Islamic Emirate is responsible for “protecting all Afghans.”

UNAMA on Twitter condemned “yesterday’s attack in a majority-Shia area of Kabul causing dozens of casualties.” The Islamic Emirate “must prevent such indiscriminate attacks” and “launch thorough & transparent investigation.”

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, referring to yesterday’s explosion in Kabul, said the current Afghan government should find the perpetrators and ensure the safety of Afghans.

According to the statement, released by the office of the Iranian president, the perpetrators of such incidents are attempting to sow discord among Muslims.

Meanwhile, relatives of those who lost their lives in this event asked the Islamic Emirate to ensure the security of the mourners and arrest the perpetrators and hand them over to the law.

“My four-year-old child was shot and passed away in my arms. What is the four-year-old child’s fault that she should suffer so much?” the child’s mother told TOLOnews.

“When I heard the explosion, I went out and saw that my cousin has died in my arms,” Hamidullah, the father of the child told TOLOnews.

“I was hoping that my daughter would grow up and would study,” a mother said.

Emal is another victim of this incident, he was married ten months ago and worked for a non-governmental organization. Now his wife is left with their six-day-old child.

“He was a little bit sick and went to the doctor to get a vaccination, and on his way back home there was an explosion, and he died,” his wife said.

A blast happened yesterday in the Sarkariz area of Kabul’s PD6, according to the police command’s spokesperson, Khalid Zadran. Zadran added that the explosive devices were placed in a cart, which resulted in the deaths of eight individuals and injuries for another 18.

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