ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly condemned a terrorist attack in the Afghan capital Kabul that claimed the lives of at least 19 people, said a statement from Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FO) on Tuesday.
“We share the pain and suffering of the families who lost their loved ones in these mindless terrorist acts. We also convey our sympathies and support for those injured and pray for their early recovery,” added the foreign ministry statement.
In the message, Pakistan also reiterated its strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
At least 19 people, including Taliban military commander Hamdullah Mokhlis, were killed and several others wounded in the terrorist attack on a military hospital in Kabul yesterday.
The Taliban’s rivals, the Islamic State group, claimed responsibility for the gun and bomb assault in the centre of Kabul.
Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) said in a statement that “five Islamic State group fighters carried out simultaneous coordinated attacks” on the sprawling site.
“The IS insurgents wanted to target civilians, doctors and patients in the hospital,” Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said, claiming that Taliban forces had repulsed the attack within 15 minutes.
As part of the response, he said, Taliban “special forces” were dropped onto the roof of the hospital from one of the helicopters that the group seized from Afghanistan’s former US-backed government.