Iran raps terrorist attacks in Afghanistan

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham on Sunday strongly denounced a series of terrorist attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul that claimed at least 35 lives.

Condemning the attacks, Afkham condoled with the Afghan nation and government, and expressed sympathy with the families of the victims.

“The recent acts of terrorism in Kabul demonstrated that terrorism would spare nothing to achieve its inhumane and inauspicious goals,” she stressed.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran considers terrorism as the common enemy of all countries,” Afkham further said, adding that Tehran is ready to counter the common threat at regional and international levels.

A suicide bomber dressed in a police uniform struck outside the gates of a police academy in Kabul on Friday evening, killing at least 20 recruits and wounding 25.

Earlier in the day, a massive truck bomb killed at least 15 people near a government complex and a military base in a residential area of Kabul.

That blast that hit at 1 am also wounded 240, officials said. It was one of the largest ever in Kabul, a city of 4.5 million people in terms of scale, flattening a city block and leaving a 30-foot crater in the ground.

The blast was unusually powerful in a city that is frequently targeted by the Taliban and other militants seeking to destabilize the Afghan government.

The Afghan war between the government and the Taliban has intensified since the NATO combat mission ended last year and most foreign troops were withdrawn.

By Tasnim News Agency