UN condemns Taliban attack on Kabul's parade
The UN Security Council issued a condemnation on Monday of the Taliban-led
attack against a victory parade in Kabul attended by Afghan President Hamid
Karzai, who escaped unhurt.
One person was killed, however, and 11 others injured when Taliban forces opened fire on a parade marking the end of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in February, 1989, by Afghan militants known as mujahideen.
The Taliban took credit for the attack, saying that six of its fighters opened fire on the ceremony. Kabul said neither Karzai nor the cabinet ministers and mujahideen leaders attending the ceremony were injured.
The council said in a statement after discussing the incident that it condemned the attack and conveyed deep condolences to families of the victims.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also condemned "in the strongest terms" the attack, calling it "unacceptable."
"I would like to express again the UN's support for the reconstruction of Afghanistan through legitimate state institutions, in a manner that addresses the need of the most vulnerable and that provides both justice and security," he said.