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Kabul attack death toll rises to 18 as UNAMA condemns killing of civilians

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kabul-attackThe death toll in Kabul shrine attack has climbed to at least 18 as the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the killing of civilians in the attack.

“The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns last night’s attack at the Karte Shakhi mosque and shrine in Kabul that killed at least 18 civilians and injured more than 50 others,” the UN mission said in a statement.

According to UNAMA, an attacker wearing an Afghan security forces uniform entered the Shia mosque as civilians congregated on the eve of the Muslim Shia day of remembrance, Ashura.

The attacker opened fire on the congregation and used a hand grenade, killing and maiming worshipers. Among those killed were four women and two children, a boy and a girl, UNAMA said.

“This attack deliberately targeting a large group of civilians exercising their right to freely manifest their religion in worship, observance and practice is an atrocity,” the statement by UNAMA added.

“International humanitarian law prohibits deliberate attacks against civilians and civilian property, including places of worship, and places a specific obligation on parties to enable religious personnel to carry out their work,” the UN mission said, adding that the International humanitarian law further prohibits attacks directed against people and places of worship which constitute the cultural or spiritual heritage of peoples.

“UNAMA expresses condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery for the injured,” UNAMA added.

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