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Afghan suicide bomber kills at least 14

This news story was published on January 18, 2014.
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NEW YORK – Top United Nations officials and the Security Council have strongly condemned a suicide attack at a restaurant in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday evening that killed at least 14 people, including four UN staff members, and injured many more.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described as “horrific” the attack against the Lebanese restaurant, for which the Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility.

“Such targeted attacks against civilians are completely unacceptable and are in flagrant breach of international humanitarian law. They must stop immediately,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.

While the UN has not released the names of the dead, it confirmed that four of its personnel, along with a number of those from other international organizations, are among those killed.

The members of the Security Council issued a statement to the press in which they condemned the terrorist attack “in the strongest terms,” and reiterated their steadfast support for the role of the UN and UN-affiliated organizations in Afghanistan.

Also deploring the attack was the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which reiterated its condemnation of attacks that deliberately target civilians as gross violations of international humanitarian law.

“This violence is unacceptable and must stop immediately,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and UNAMA head Ján Kubiš said in a statement. “I strongly condemn the targeting of civilians in any form, and, in particular, the continued use of suicide bombers.”

The Mission extended its condolences to the families of those killed and its wishes for a speedy recovery to all those injured.

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