Afghanistan’s First Vice Amrullah Saleh.
The United Nations has strongly condemned the attack targeting the official convoy of Afghanistan’s First Vice President Amrullah Saleh in Kabul on Wednesday.
In a statement by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ant?nio Guterres extended his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
The Vice President survived the attack but dozens of civilian casualties -- mostly bystanders -- were reported in the blast, which took place in a crowded part of the city.
"The Secretary-General reiterates the urgency of achieving a peaceful settlement to the conflict in the country and reaffirms the United Nations commitment to supporting the people and Government of Afghanistan in this important endeavour," added the statement.
In a separate message on her twitter account, Deborah Lyons, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, and the head of the UN Mission in the country (UNAMA) expressed "shock" at the initial high number of civilian casualties.
"Perpetrators must face justice," she said.
The latest attack comes as Afghanistan prepares for the launch of direct peace negotiations. Briefing the UN Security Council last week, Ms. Lyons described the intra-Afghan talks as a historic moment to end the brutal conflict in the country.
The conflict, which has raged for four decades, has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions over the years - most of whom have no prospects of return.
Afghanistan's vice president Amrullah Saleh sustained minor injuries Wednesday when his convoy was targeted in Kabul in an explosion that killed at least six people and wounded a dozen more, officials said.
The blasts came during a Farmers Day celebration in the southern city that was attended by nearly 1,000 people.
A truck packed with explosives blew up near a court in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez on Thursday, killing at least five people, two days after gunmen attacked a maternity ward in the capital Kabul, killing women and newborn babies.
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The Shariah courts across the country will monitor and notify the committee of any sightings, while the Lunar Calendar Committee at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department will continue to gather evidence and report its findings to the Moon-Sighting Committee.
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