Sui­cide bomber strikes Afghan Supreme Court, killing 19

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

KABUL — A sui­cide bomber struck an en­trance to Afghanistan’s Supreme Court on Tues­day, killing at least 19 peo­ple in the lat­est in a se­ries of at­tacks on the coun­try’s ju­di­ciary.

The at­tacker was on foot, and tar­geted a side door as court em­ploy­ees and other peo­ple were ex­it­ing the build­ing in down­town Kabul, the In­te­rior Min­istry said. Public Health Min­is­ter Ferozud­din Feroz said 41 peo­ple were wounded, in­clud­ing 10 in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

No one im­me­di­ately claimed the at­tack, which bore the hall­marks of the Tal­iban.

UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res also con­demned the sui­cide at­tack.

“Those be­hind to­day’s bomb­ing and other such de­spi­ca­ble acts must face justice,” spokesman Stephane Du­jar­ric said at U.N. head­quar­ters in New York. “In­dis­crim­i­nate at­tacks against civil­ians, in­clud­ing em­ploy­ees of the ju­di­cial in­sti­tu­tions, are vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights and in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law and can­not be jus­ti­fied.”

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