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The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the Taliban for bombing the United Nations Consulate in Afghanistan.

In a statement to the press issued in New York, the Council’s 15 members condemned the attack – reportedly a suicide truck bombing – on the US consulate in the Western Afghan province, for which the Taliban have claimed responsibility.

The Security Council in its statement expressed deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this “heinous” act, and to the Government and people of Afghanistan.

Taliban Bombing of US Consulate in Afghanistan

Council members also condemned acts of violence against diplomatic and consular representatives, which endanger or take innocent lives and seriously impede the normal work of such representatives and officials.

The council has called for broad cooperation to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice and reiterated that “no terrorist act can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan.”