President Ghani condemns Paktika suicide attack; visits wounded people in hospital

President Ashraf Ghani and chief executive officer (C EO) Abdullah Abdullah have strongly condemned Sunday’s suicide attack in eastern Paktika province that killed more than 55 people and rendered more than 70 injured.

The incident took place in a small volleyball ground in the busy District Bazaar Area of Paktika province at around 5:45 pm on Sunday, according to security officials.

The attack was carried out by a Body-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (BBIED) operative driving a motorcycle who detonated the explosives in front of a group of Afghan Local Police (ALP) members who were watching the volleyball match.

Many of the critically injured people, including women and children, were brought to Kabul for treatment.

President Ghani went to see the wounded people at Sardar Mohammad Dawood Khan Hospital in Kabul on Sunday. Many of the injured include women and children.

A statement issued by presidential palace called it is an inhumane attack that is unjustifiable.

ISAF also issued a statement condemning the attack. “I express my deepest sympathies to the victims of this vicious attack and their loved ones,” said Gen. John F. Campbell, ISAF commander. “This despicable act of violence by the enemies of peace and progress in Afghanistan shows their complete disregard for human life.”

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