Mortal remains of 12 Nepali nationals brought back home from Kabul, UNSG condemns barbaric incident

KATHMANDU, June 22 (Nepal Foreign Affairs): The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, on Wednesday, condemned the barbaric killing of 12 Nepali nationals in Kabul on Monday morning.

In a statement issued by the Secretary General’s Office in New York, Ban condemned the attacks on 20 June in Badakhshan province and Kabul city, Afghanistan.

In the Kishem district of Badakhshan province, an improvised explosive device (IED) in a market area killed and injured dozens of civilians, including children.

In Kabul, a suicide attack in a crowded area killed and injured a number of Nepalese contractors, including diplomatic security guards, as well as Afghan civilians. Meanwhile, another IED attack injured several civilians, including a provincial council member.

“The SecretaryGeneral extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Governments of Afghanistan and Nepal. He calls for those responsible for these indiscriminate attacks to be brought to justice,” read the press statement.

Meanwhile, an NAC chartered flight has brought back to home the dead bodies of those 12 Nepali nationals on Wednesday afternoon.

Prime Minister K.P Sharma Oli and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa paid tribute to the deceased at the Tribhuwan International Airport on Wednesday.

Earlier, on Wednesday morning, a team of 10-high ranking officials had left for Kabul in the chartered NAC flight to bring back those dead bodies. Dead bodies have been handed over to their respective families.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that five injured Nepali nationals in the Kabul suicide bombing have been airlifted to New Delhi for further treatment on Wednesday itself. Those injured will receive treatment at the New Delhi-based Appollo Hospital, Spokesman at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bharat Raj Paudyal told NFA.

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