Afghanistan: UN Mission condemns suicide attack against Iraqi embassy in Kabul

Traffic in the Afghan capital Kabul. Photo: UNAMA/Nasim Fekrat

31 July 2017 – The United Nations political mission in Afghanistan today denounced an attack on the embassy of Iraq saying it is another attack aimed at the international community but where Afghan civilians bear the brunt of the violence.

“This attack shows complete contempt for human life, as well as the international law designed to protect diplomats,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan.

The attack, which occurred in a residential area of central Kabul, lasted around five hours.

Several armed men killed two Afghan civilian employees inside the embassy and injured a police officer before being killed by Afghan security forces.

“I commend the Afghan security forces for their swift action that saved many lives,” said Mr. Yamamoto, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, or UNAMA.

He noted that the attack is yet another which “appears to have targeted the international community but in which Afghan civilians bore the brunt of the violence.”

Diplomatic missions are civilian objects protected under international humanitarian law, and attacks directed at them are serious violations that may amount to war crimes.

The Islamic State in the Khorasan Province has claimed responsibility.


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