The United Nations (UN) Security Council has condemned the suicide bombing by ISIS in Kabul, Afghanistan, which killed at least 80 people and injured more than 230.
Two explosions occurred on Saturday during a demonstration by a group of peaceful protestors in Dehmazang Square.
A suicide bomber detonated his device among the demonstrators while police reportedly shot and killed a second attacker, according to a statement posted on the UN website.
UN Secretary-General special representative for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto said: “This attack is particularly heinous because it targeted civilians as they exercised their rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.
“It is an attempt to spread terror amongst civilians and stifle the freedoms that Afghans have sacrificed so much to obtain.”
The ethnic Hazaras of Afghan organised the demonstration to demand the Afghan Government run a 500kV power line through the city of Bamiyan instead of the Salang area, media sources reported.
Amnesty International South Asia director Champa Patel was quoted by USA Today as saying: “Such attacks are a reminder that the conflict in Afghanistan is not winding down, as some believe, but escalating, with consequences for the human rights situation in the country that should alarm us all.”
Image: The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) was established to assist the country in building peace. Photo: courtesy of UNAMA / Fardin Waezi.