Pakistan strongly condemns terror attack in Kandahar

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Thursday strongly condemned Kandahar terrorist attack which reportedly killed senior security officials and left many others injured.

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“Pakistan stands with the Afghan government and people and reiterates its support for the Afghan democratic process.

“We hope that the parliamentary elections taking place the day after tomorrow would be held peacefully. Strengthening of democracy is key to long term peace and security in Afghanistan,” Foreign Office spokesman, in a statement, said.

He said Pakistan condemned terrorism and expressed the heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives. He also prayed for swift recovery of the injured.

Governor Zalmai Wesa and powerful police commander of the southern Afghan province of Kandahar Abdul Razeq were killed in a shooting inside the governor’s compound on Thursday the Associated Press reported.

The attack came after a meeting with other security officials, including the top US commander in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller.

Local media outlets reported that a bodyguard for Governor Wesa opened fire on the officials while they were making their way to a helipad after the meeting.

The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack that comes two days before Afghanistan´s parliamentary elections that the militant group has vowed to disrupt.

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