India condemns attack on German mission in Afghanistan

New Delhi, Nov 12 (IANS) India on Saturday strongly condemned the terror attack on the German consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif on Thursday night that claimed the lives of four people.

“India strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the German Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif on November 10,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement .

“We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish speedy recovery to those injured,” it stated.

Four people were killed and over 110 injured when a suicide bomber rammed a truck into the German consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif .

The attack took place at 11 p.m. on Thursday night.

The explosives-laden truck was detonated near the entrance to the consulate office which was followed by gunfire.

The injured were all residents.

The Taliban militant group claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after the blast.

Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that the attack was retaliation for recent airstrikes in Kunduz from the “invading countries” which caused civilian casualties..

“India lauds the courage of the security forces that successfully thwarted the attack and saved many lives,” the External Affairs Ministry statement said.

“India strongly opposes terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stands in solidarity with the Government and people of Afghanistan and with Germany,” it stated.

“The attack in Mazar-e-Sharif is a grim reminder of the serious and grave threat that terrorism poses to our region and to humanity. India calls on the international community to take concerted and strong action to fight this scourge, inter alia, by denying all support, sanctuaries and safe havens to all terrorists.”

–IANS

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