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    Putin Expresses Condolences to Afghan Leader Over Kabul Attack

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday expressed condolences to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani over the deadly suicide bombing in Kabul and reassured him of readiness to cooperate in anti-terror fight, Kremlin’s press service said in a statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A blast shook the Afghan capital earlier in the day during a peaceful protest over the planned 500kW power line project. According to the Afghan Interior Ministry, 80 people died and 231 were injured.

    Among those killed and injured in the attack are members of the country's defense and security forces who were ensuring safety at the rally when the explosion occurred.

    “Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to President of Afghan Republic Ghani in regard to the significant number of casualties from a terrorist attack in Kabul. The Russian leader decisively condemned this cynical crime against civilians and reiterated his readiness to continue the most active cooperation with the government and people of Afghanistan in the fight against all forms of terrorism,” the statement reads.

    Putin also conveyed words of sympathy and support to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to all those who were injured in the attack.

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