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UN Security Council condemns attack on mosque in Kunduz

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has condemned the deadly attack on a Shia mosque in Kunduz province that killed at least 120 people.

The incident happened in Khanabad Badar area on Friday during prayers.

In a statement issued by the UNSC, the council said: “We underline the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.”

“The attack, which was claimed by Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP/Daesh)….. resulted in more than 100 casualties killed and wounded,” it read.

The statement further stated that its members expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

The council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whoever committed.

On Saturday, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) pledged to track down and punish the perpetrators of Friday’s explosion.

According to Zabihullah Mujahid: “The Islamic Emirate strongly condemns this heinous act and promises to find and punish the perpetrators of this heinous crime. InshAllah (God Willing).

Daesh (ISIS-K) issued a statement late Friday on its Amaq news channel claiming responsibility for the attack. According to Daesh, the suicide bomber was ethnic Uyghur, a Muslim minority in western China.

“A Shia mosque was blown up by Takfiris in the Khanabad Bandar area of central Kunduz province this afternoon, killing several of our compatriots and injuring several others,” Mujahid said in a tweet.

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Turkish, US foreign ministers hold bilaterals on NATO summit sidelines

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his US counterpart Antony Blinken met on the sidelines of NATO summit in Latvian capital Riga on Wednesday Two foreign ministers held bilateral talks at the Atta Center, where the NATO Foreign Ministers summit was underway.

Before the meeting, Cavusoglu said Turkey is in contact with Ukraine and Russia to ease tensions, adding that sanctions on Moscow will not solve the crisis.

Ukrainian and Western officials say Moscow has massed forces on the border with Ukraine, which is battling Russia-backed separatists who control part of its territory to the east, and Kyiv on Wednesday urged NATO to prepare sanctions on Russia.

Cavusoglu and Blinken were expected to discuss latest developments in the region, including Ukraine, Libya and Afghanistan.

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Three Russian aircraft with humanitarian aid arrive in Kabul

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Three Russian aircraft landed in Kabul on Wednesday carrying 36 tonnes of humanitarian aid, Russia’s TASS news agency reported.

All three Russian Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft, involved in delivering humanitarian aid to Afghanistan would also evacuate Russian citizens, as well as citizens of the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states, Russia’s Defense Ministry, said in a statement.

“Some three Ilyushin Il-76 strategic airlifters of the Russian Defense Ministry have delivered humanitarian aid to the Kabul airport and are boarding evacuees for departure from Afghanistan,” the statement read.

A total of over 380 Russians, citizens of the CSTO member states (mainly Kyrgyzstan), and Afghan students from Russian universities will fly out on the departing planes, the ministry said.

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India considers re-opening mission in Afghanistan

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As countries slowly start reopening their embassies in Kabul, India is also reportedly considering the possibility of re-staffing its mission in Afghanistan.

So far, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Russia, China, Iran, Pakistan, Qatar, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan all have a diplomatic presence in the country.

Japan and the EU have also discussed the possibility of returning to Afghanistan.

One senior Indian official told The Hindu on Wednesday that “establishing a presence in Afghanistan has nothing to do with recognition [of the IEA government]. It simply means that you would like to have people on the ground dealing with the new regime, to continue engagement with the people.”

He said the Modi government is not convinced about the need to re-open its mission, but that discussions are continuing on what India’s strategy should be, The Hindu reported.

At present, the Indian Embassy in Kabul, which was evacuated within two days of the IEA talking control, is intact and being guarded by IEA forces.

While calls from within the country to reopen grow, officials told The Hindu that much depends on what India’s other partners and friendly countries choose to do.

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