Toby Lanzer, UN’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan on Thursday praised staff at Herat’s Zonal Hospital for their work in dealing with the wounded after Tuesday's mosque attack.
Lanzer pledged that the UN will fund a project to expand the emergency section of the hospital.
“It is almost unimaginable and the fact that it happened is something that we have protested against vehemently, our statement speaks for itself and we certainly hope that in support of the authorities of Herat that such attacks don’t take place again and those responsible are held accountable,” he said.
The UN envoy strongly condemned the attack and called for the punishment of those who planned the attack.
On a visit to Herat on Thursday Lanzer also met some of the mosque attack survivors.
He said that the UN appreciates the zonal hospital for its efforts to treat the patients and that this was something the international community expects.
“Coming to Herat was a natural thing for me to do and I had the opportunity to listen to people here, to listen to different communities, to meet men and women, to meet people outside the city and have a look at how they are living, people who have been displaced because of the conflict and also to have the opportunity to visit the regional hospital yesterday," said Lanzer.
The majority of those wounded in the suicide attack were taken to the Herat zonal hospital.
All staff were called in to work on Tuesday night in the wake of the bombing and according to officials more than 30 surgeries were carried out that night.
Daesh attackers killed over 30 people and wounded more than 60.
“As per need, all cases were handled professionally and all basic services were provided,” said Arif Shahram, the hospital chief.
Before leaving Kabul for Herat, Lanzer announced a $35,000 pledge for the expansion of the emergency ward at Herat hospital.
Meanwhile, former Jihadi leader Mohammad Ismail Khan has asked the Afghan government to respond to the needs of the families of Herat victims
“How is it possible that two people from far away enter Herat city and carry out a major tragedy, naturally there were some elements who guided and cooperated with them (terrorists), because of this, the people do not feel they are a partner in security," said Khan.
In addition to this, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has also labeled the attack a war crime.