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    US Condemns Attack on Shiite Mosque in Afghanistan

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    The attack on a Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul was intended to heighten sectarian tensions in the country, US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A suicide bomber targeted the shrine during a ceremony for the Shiite ritual of Arbaeen, killing at least 32 people, including children.

    "The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack today at the Baqir-ul-Olum Mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, which killed dozens of innocent civilians, many of them worshipers, and wounded more than 40," Price stated. "This cowardly attack was clearly intended to stoke sectarian tensions in Afghanistan."

    Price noted that the United States supports efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.

    Afghan officials have not assigned blame for the attack, but the Daesh’s Amaq Agency issued a statement claiming responsibility for the bombing.

    The NATO-led Resolute Support mission also condemned the attack and underscored its commitment to Afghanistan’s security.


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