The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms today's assault against the parliament in Kabul as yet another unacceptable attack on civilians in Afghanistan. The assault follows the killing of 16 civilians on 20 June, who were travelling in a minibus which struck an improvised explosive device in Helmand. Together, these attacks have claimed at least 18 civilian lives and injured a further 40.
The attacks demonstrate a callous disregard for the lives of all Afghans, including women and children, who had already been forced to flee their homes. They undermine efforts aimed at building a stronger, more prosperous Afghanistan.
The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of those killed and injured, and reiterates his unwavering support to the people of Afghanistan.