Iran’s president expresses solidarity with Afghanistan over Kabul bombing

Press TV – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has expressed Iran’s solidarity with Afghanistan in the ongoing campaign against terrorism and extremism following a recent deadly attack in Kabul.

“In this great tragedy, the Islamic Republic of Iran will stand beside the brotherly Afghan government and nation and keep up… its decisive battle to completely eradicate terror and extremism,” Rouhani wrote in a Thursday message to his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani.

Rouhani expressed condolences to the Afghan government and nation and wished patience for the families of the victims of the Wednesday bombing.

“Carrying out criminal terrorist attacks in the holy month of Ramadan, which is the month of mercy and worship, is indicative of the fact that the perpetrators, directors and supporters of such blind actions have in no way benefited from the perspicuous religion of Islam and its humane teachings,” Rouhani added.

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of a massive car bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

On Wednesday morning, a massive bomb blast near the presidential palace and foreign embassies in the center of Kabul claimed the lives of at least 90 people and injured hundreds of others.

The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack, the precise target of which remained unclear, even though it hit Zanbaq Square, close to the German embassy.

According to reports, several embassies were damaged in the large explosion.

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran was also damaged in the explosion which also partially destroyed the Iranian ambassador’s residence.

An image showing a hall inside the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran after a massive explosion nearby, May 31, 2017

Moreover, Press TV’s cameraman in Kabul Habibollah Hosseinzadeh has gone missing since he left his home on Wednesday for the Press TV office located near the blast site.

The bomb blast on the highly-secured area is said to be “one of the biggest” in the city, which has already been the target of many terrorist attacks in the first three months of 2017.