Leaders condemn Kabul suicide attack as 14 Nepalis killed

KATHMANDU: Nepal's Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister, who looks after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Monday condemned the Kabul suicide attack, in which 14 Nepalis were killed in the Afghan capital this morning.

On his official Twitter account, PM KP Sharma Oli said the government strongly condemns the fatal incident.

He expressed shock over the incident, and added, "I wish speedy recovery of those injured in the Kabul suicide attack."

काबुलको आत्मघाती आक्रमणमा परी घाइतेभएकाहरुको शिघ्र स्वास्थ्य लाभको कामना गर्दछु। आततायी काबुल घटनाको नेपाल सरकार घोर निन्दा गर्दछ ।

— PM K.P. Sharma Oli (@PM_Nepal) June 20, 2016

अफगानिस्तानमा आज आत्मघाती आक्रमणमा परी १४ जना नेपालीको मृत्यु भएको घटनाले म स्तब्ध भएको छु । मृतकहरुप्रति हार्दिक श्रद्धाञ्जलि अर्पण गर्दछु।

— PM K.P. Sharma Oli (@PM_Nepal) June 20, 2016

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa condemned the incident dubbing it a "heinous crime against innocent people."

Shocked to hear the death of 14 Nepalese in a terrorist attack in Kabul today.Strongly condemned this heinous crime against innocent people.

— Kamal Thapa (@KTnepal) June 20, 2016

Condemn the killing of 14 Nepalese nationals and injuring 5 in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul. MoFA seeking details of the dead and injured.

— MOFA of Nepal (@MofaNepal) June 20, 2016

Five Nepalis and four Afghans have sustained injuries in the explosion carried out by Taliban.

Top leaders of the main opposition Nepali Congress have also expressed grief over the incident in which Nepali compatriots were killed.

Issuing a statement, Nepali Congress President President Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed condolence to the bereaved families, adding he was shocked by the incident.

अफगानिस्थानकाे काबुलमा अाततायिहरुकाे अात्मघाति अाक्रमणमा परि१४ जनानेपालिले जिवनगुमाउनु परेकाे घटनाले स्तब्ध बनायाे। भावपूर्ण श्रद्धान्जलि

— Sher Bahadur Deuba (@DeubaSherbdr) June 20, 2016

Deuba said the Nepali Congress party always stands against crimes against humanity.

"Nepali Congress strongly condemns terrorism in all forms and manifestations," NC General Secretary Shashanka Koirala said in a separate statement.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his condolence to the people and the governments of Afghanistan and Nepal.

"We are taking steps to provide all relevant assistance to the Nepal government in this hour of tragedy," the Indian leader assured.

We strongly condemn the horrible tragedy in Kabul. Our deep condolences to people & Govts of Afghanistan & Nepal on loss of innocent lives.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 20, 2016

We are taking steps to provide all relevant assistance to the Nepal government in this hour of tragedy.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 20, 2016

Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan's chief executive officer, condemned the attack in a posting on Twitter, saying: "This attack is an act of terror and intimidation."

I condemn the terrorist attack on those traveling to their work places in Kabul this morning.This attack is an act of terror & intimidation.

— Dr. Abdullah (@afgexecutive) June 20, 2016

Canadian Embassy in Kabul, for which the victims were working, also expressed grief over the deaths, terming the incident "cowardly attack".

.@CanEmbAFG confirms that today’s cowardly attack targeted our security company. Our thoughts with families and friends of victims.

— Canada in AFG (@CanEmbAFG) June 20, 2016

It has added that there was no attack on the Embassy compound premises as the attack was targeted toward the security company.

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