U.N. Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Afghanistan

The U.N. Security Council condemned in the strongest terms a suicide bombing on Saturday near the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, an attack that resulted in multiple deaths and injuries.

Maria Cristina Perceval, the council's president, gave a statement on Monday expressing deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of victims and to the people and government of Afghanistan. Most of the deaths and injuries occurred among children. Afghan security personnel were also killed during the terrorist attack.

Council members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms is unjustifiable and criminal regardless of its motivation and it should not be associated with any civilization, nationality, religion or ethnic group. Members of the council reiterated a serious concern regarding threats posed by the Taliban, al-Qaida and illegal armed groups to the local population of Afghanistan, in light of recent terrorist attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in the country.

The Security Council highlighted a need to bring organizers, perpetrators, sponsors and financiers of the terrorist acts to justice, urging all states to follow their obligations under international law and Security Council resolutions to cooperate with Afghan officials in this matter.

The statement said that members of the council continue to support Afghan sovereignty and Afghan national institutions of state. The members said that no terrorist act can reverse a path toward Afghan-led peace, stability and democracy. The international community and the people and government of Afghanistan support Afghan peace.