Afghanistan: UN Security Council condemns ‘heinous terrorist attack’ on Baghlan mosque

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned Friday’s “heinous terrorist attack” by Daesh against a Shia mosque in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan, reaffirming the need for all States “to combat by all means” threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) said that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security in Afghanistan, as well as in the world.”

The members also emphasized the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of “these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.”

“They urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard,” the statement said.

“The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the statement added.

The UNSC also reaffirmed the need for all States to “combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law, and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.”

The Imam Zaman mosque was targeted by a suicide bomber during Friday prayers, killing seven and wounding 15 more.

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack but said in a statement 50 people were killed. However, the Taliban has put the death toll at seven.