Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul’s Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan

January 11, 2017

The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns yesterday’s deadly attacks in Kabul that killed at least 38 innocent Afghans and wounded more than 70.  We also condemn the heinous attacks on the Kandahar Governor’s Office that killed at least 10 people and wounded 21, including the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Afghanistan and Emirati diplomatic personnel, as well as important Afghan political figures including the Deputy Governor and members of Parliament.  We further condemn the suicide bomb attack in Helmand province that killed at least 10 Afghans, including both civilian and military personnel.

We extend our  deepest heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims of these senseless and cowardly acts. We believe Afghanistan deserves peace and security — not deliberate and murderous attacks that victimize innocent Afghans who serve their fellow citizens. My government and the people of the United States are and will remain committed to standing with the people of Afghanistan and its elected representatives in their fight against terrorism and in working toward a peaceful and prosperous future. We stand with the Government of National Unity and people of Afghanistan in bringing an end — once and for all — to these barbarous attacks against its people.