The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan reaffirmed support to the Afghan government and national security and defense forces while declaring support to the Fatwa issued by hundreds of religious scholars, Ulemas.

This comes as the Afghan Ulemas on Monday issued a joint Fatwa declaring the ongoing war and violence in Afghanistan as illegitimate.

The Ulemas also called on the Taliban group to respond positively to Afghan government’s call and offers for peace process.

A suicide bomber targeted the participants of the gathering shortly after it ended and while the Ulemas were leaving the Loya Jirga camp where the gathering had taken place.

At least fourteen people were killed and nearly twenty others were wounded in the attack.

The NATO Resolute Support Mission in an online statement said “We condemn today’s attack, a futile attempt by Afghanistan’s enemies to silence the call of the Afghan people for peace. The NATO-led mission stands by the Afghan government and security forces, and supports the Afghan Ulema’s fatwa.”