President Ashraf Ghani visited Haska Mina district in Nangarhar province Sunday morning to meet with families of the mosque attack victims and to express his condolences, Nangarhar local officials said.
Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the Nangarhar governor, said that government delegations including the Senate House Speaker Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib, as well as the first deputy speaker of the house of representatives, advisers, MPs and other cabinet ministers accompanied Ghani in his visit to the province.
Ghani, addressing the locals, said that security forces will seek justice for the villagers’ death and ordered security forces to clear Shinwari district of Nangarhar province of Daesh and other terrorists.
“I thanked the Shinwari district residents for defeating Daesh and I have a special order for Haska Mina: that Daesh and Taliban should be eliminated as soon as possible from the district,” Ghani said.
During Ghani’s visit, tribal elders of the Jawo Dara village demand action from President Ghani.
“I want security in the Haska Mina district to be like other districts where Taliban and Daesh have been suppressed. How come our district isn’t clear? Are we not belonging to this land?” asked Abdul Satar, a tribal elder.
“Eleven members of a family were killed in the mosque blasts and wives became widows, and children were killed who participated in the election, and the elderly also died. The enemy did not distinguish between civilians and government officials,” said another tribal elder.
President Ghani promised assistance to the families of the victims.
“In order to relieve the pain, one person from every victim’s family will be sent for the Hajj, and land will be distributed to the family of vicitims,” Ghani said.
Meanwhile, Nangarhar governor Shah Mahmood Miakhel said that the villagers were the victims of Taliban and Daesh fights.
“For the past few years Jawo Dara village residents have been against Daesh and the Taliban, and they defended the system and were in local police ranks and sacrificed for their country,” said Miakhel.
UNAMA chief Tadamichi Yamamoto condemned the Nangarhar attack, saying: “This senseless and nefarious attack targeting civilians” has “no possible justification."
“Those who are responsible for enabling this attack must be brought to justice and held to account,” Yamamoto said.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also strongly condemned the bombing of a mosque in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
The two explosions at the mosque in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province on Friday resulted in at least 72 dead and dozens of wounded, according to residents.
So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.