UNAMA gives condolences to those harmed in terrorist attack on mosque in Afghanistan

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Secretary-General Deputy for Special Representative for Afghanistan and UNAMA director Nicholas Haysom condemned on Tuesday a terrorist attack on a mosque which killed a government official.

Arsala Jamal, the governor of the Logar Province in Afghanistan, was killed in the attack, in which an explosive device was attached to a microphone Jamal was using to make a speech. The incident occurred on the Muslim holiday of Eid-Ul-Adha at the main mosque in Pul-i-Alam.

"I am deeply shocked by this killing of a civilian, in a mosque, on one of the holiest days in the Muslim calendar," Haysom said. "Afghans deserve peace and should be able to celebrate the Eid holidays in an environment marked by friendship and brotherhood, free from violence and bloodshed."

Seven civilians, including the imam of the mosque, were also injured in the attack. The party responsible for the incident has not yet been identified.

UNAMA directly condemns all attacks that violate international humanitarian law. The Mission in Afghanistan called for the end of such attacks and for international respect of sanctified places, such as religious places.

UNAMA extended its condolences for the Jamal family and all others harmed in the attack.