News ID: 233010
Published: 0233 GMT October 19, 2018

Iran condemns Kandahar terrorist attack

Iran condemns Kandahar terrorist attack

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi condemned a recent terrorist attack in Afghanistan, which led to the death of several senior provincial officials, including its powerful police chief ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections.

Qassemi on Friday offered sympathy to the Afghan government and nation as well as the bereaved families of the victims.

He highlighted the necessity of holding a national dialogue and putting an end to violence in Afghanistan, and expressed hope that the Afghan government and its opposition would seriously focus on establishment of peace and security ahead of the parliamentary votes that would start across the country – except for Kandahar – on Saturday.

“Iran strongly supports any initiative that guarantees the interests and benefits of the oppressed people of Afghanistan,” Qassemi noted.

On Thursday, three senior provincial officials in the southern province of Kandahar were killed by one of their own guards during a meeting to discuss security ahead of the vote.

The Taliban claimed the attack, saying their target was US Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, who was unharmed.

Kandahar’s police chief was killed and its governor seriously injured along with two Americans during a shooting at a high-level security meeting in the southern Afghan province.


IRNA and Press TV contributed to this story.


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