x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Karzai condemns suicide attacks in Kabul

Afghan president Hamid Karzai condemns the attacks that killed at least 17 people including Indian citizens, saying the strikes won't hurt Afghan-Indian relations.

KABUL // The Afghan president Hamid Karzai has condemned suicide attacks in the capital that killed at least 17 people including Indian citizens, saying the strikes won't hurt Afghan-Indian relations. In a statement, Mr Karzai said he "strongly condemns" the attacks that occurred today targeting two guesthouses in central Kabul where most of the guests were Indian. "Attacks on Indian citizens will not affect relations between India and Afghanistan," he said.

Mr Karzai expressed his sadness to the people and government of India, and sent his condolences to the families of those killed and wounded. He says Afghan officials are investigating the incident and who is behind it. The Taliban claimed responsibility saying five suicide bombers conducted the early morning attacks on two buildings used by foreign citizens. * AP