U.S. Embassy Statement Condemning Suicide Bombing at Cricket Match

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan strongly condemns the horrific attack claimed by ISIS-K terrorists at the Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground yesterday afternoon.  We recognize in particular the bravery and sacrifice of the police officers and other security forces who were killed and wounded as they prevented even more bloodshed.  The spirit of cricket is one of friendly competition and athletic skill, and this bombing was a brazen and nihilistic attempt to deny the peaceful aspirations of Afghan society.

The United States will continue to work with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghan people to stop terrorism from claiming innocent lives.  As President Trump recently said, “America and our partners are committed to stripping terrorists of their territory, cutting off their funding, and exposing the false allure of their evil ideology.  Terrorists who slaughter innocent people will find no glory in this life or the next.  They are nothing but thugs and criminals.”

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