2018-01-08

UNAMA releases preliminary findings on last week's Kabul attack

Salaam Times

KABUL -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Sunday (January 7) released its preliminary findings on the suicide bombing in Kabul January 4 that killed 13 people and injured 19 others.

The attack, claimed by the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS), took place in the evening at a clash between security officers and shopkeepers that had lasted several hours in eastern Kabul, according to UNAMA.

The bomber blew himself up as anti-riot police arrived, UNAMA said in a statement. Twelve of the 13 killed were police officers.

"The officers killed in the attack were not engaged in the armed conflict," said UNAMA, adding, "The use of indiscriminate explosive devices in civilian populated areas, in circumstances almost certain to cause immense suffering to civilians, may amount to war crimes."

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