Turkey strongly condemns Afghan funeral suicide bombing

Türkiye Materials 27 December 2011 03:53 (UTC +04:00)

Turkey has condemned Sunday's suicide bombing just after a funeral in northern Afghanistan, killing 19 people, including a member of the national parliament, Today's Zaman reported.

The suicide bomber blew himself up as mourners were leaving at the end of the funeral of a village elder in the town of Talaqan in northern Takhar province, killing 19 and wounding 40. Among the dead was parliament member Abdul Mutaleb Baik.

Suicide attacks are rare in Takhar province, which is located 250 kilometers northeast of Kabul and is considered one the nation's calmer regions.

A statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Monday said Turkey shares grief of loss of lives and expressed condolences to families of the victims.

The statement said Turkey strongly condemns attacks against those who are making efforts to restore peace and stability in the war-torn country, and said Turkey believes similar attacks will not block Afghan people's efforts to reach peace and stability. The statement also reiterated Turkey's solidarity with Afgan people.