Condemning the attack in Kabul on Wednesday, United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General and his Special Representative for Afghanistan as well as members of the Security Council underscored that all parties to the conflict are obliged, under international law, to ensure that civilians are protected from any harm.
“Indiscriminate attacks against civilians are grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and can never be justified,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement.
“Those responsible for today’s attack must be brought to justice,” he added, underlining the need to reinforce the fight against terrorism and violent extremism
The UN chief also expressed his sympathies to the families of the victims, wished a speedy recovery to those injured, and reaffirmed the solidarity of the UN with the people and government of Afghanistan.
The UN Security Council, also issued a press statement late Wednesday night and stressed that those responsible for the bombing should be held accountable, and called on all UN Member States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the government of Afghanistan and all other relevant authorities in this regard.
Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constituted one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, members of the Security Council “reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”
Hundreds of people – mostly civilians – were been killed and injured when a suicide attacker detonated a truck bomb in Wazir Akhbar Khan area, which also houses a number of diplomatic missions.
The bombing, which happened in rush hour traffic Wednesday morning, killed over 80 people and wounded more than 450.
In addition to the loss of lives and injuries, the explosion also resulted in considerable damage to the immediate and surrounding areas, with some embassies being seriously affected.
Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) also underscored that the attack was a serious violation of humanitarian law.
He said in a statement issued by UNAMA that “beyond the immeasurable human suffering caused by today’s attack, the deliberate detonation of a massive truck bomb in a civilian area, particularly during the peaceful month of Ramadan, is morally reprehensible and an outrage.”
“There can be no exceptions: the use of explosive weapons in civilian-populated areas must stop,” Yamamoto added.