U.S. Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens Condemns Attacks in Paktiya and Ghazni

I strongly condemn the October 17 Taliban-Haqqani terrorist attacks in Paktiya and Ghazni provinces, which killed more than 70 civilians and police personnel, including the Paktiya provincial police chief, and wounded at least 200 individuals. This heinous attack targeting brave and dedicated Afghan police forces shows blatant disrespect for human life and the rights of all Afghans to live peacefully and free from terror. On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this cowardly act.

The United States stands with the Afghan people at this time of tragedy and will continue to work with them and with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to defeat the terrorists and bring an end to these barbarous attacks.