A representative of the diplomatic mission of Romania in Kabul has died, and another was seriously injured following the terrorist attack that occurred Monday night, in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) informs.
“Over the night between 2 to 3 September, in the campus where Romania’s Embassy in Kabul carries out its activity, there was a terrorist attack against foreign citizens. Following the attack, a representative of Romania’s diplomatic mission in Kabul died, and another one was seriously injured,” a MAE release sent to AGERPRES points out.
The injured Romanian citizen is going to be transferred as soon as possible to Europe, depending on the development in his health condition, to benefit from specialised medical assistance, the Romanian Foreign Ministry points out.
Foreign Affairs Minister Ramona Manescu had a telephone conversation with the head of Romania’s diplomatic mission in Kabul and she is keeping in permanent touch to grant the necessary support, the release reads.
MAE points out that both the diplomatic mission chief as well as the head of the guard team within the embassy have been evacuated to a near-by military base and are out of any danger.
The representative of Romania’s Embassy in Kabul is keeping contact with the Central of the Foreign Affairs Ministry and with all authorities in charge for the repatriation of the dead body and the transfer, in safety conditions, of the injured Romanian citizen.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry condemns in the firmest of terms the terrorist attack and reiterates Romania’s support in the fight against terrorism, in all its forms.
MAE sends condolences to the family of the dead Romanian.
A suicide attack, claimed by the Talibans, took place in the center of the Afghan Capital Kabul, shortly after a meeting between President Ashraf Ghani and U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, devoted to the project of peace accord with the Afghan insurgents, according to the AFP.
The attack occurred when the Afghan television was broadcasting an interview with Zalmay Khalilzad, in which he spoke of a possible peace accord with the Talibans.
On Tuesday morning, Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry announced the death-toll of the attack with a bomb car claimed by the Tallibans and aimed at a camp inhabited by foreigners in Kabul rose to 16, according to dpa. Approximately 120 persons were injured in the attack, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry’s Spokesperson Nasrat Rahimi.
At least 400 foreign citizens were saved and transferred to safety by the Afghan police.
Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, of Afghan origin, arrived in Kabul on Sunday evening. He had a meeting with Ashraf Ghani to present the results of the ninth round of negotiations with the Talibans, recently concluded in Doha.
At least 193 people were killed and 897 injured in attacks in Kabul since the beginning of the year.
President Iohannis condemns deadly terrorist attack in Afghanistan, offers condolences to bereaved families
President Klaus Iohannis sent on Tuesday a message of condolence to the family of the representative of Romania’s diplomatic mission who was killed in the terrorist attack committed in Kabul, Afghanistan, and which left another Romanian citizen seriously injured.
“I strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack which, regrettably, has claimed the life of a Romanian citizen and left another Romanian from our country’s embassy in Kabul seriously injured. I convey my condolences to the bereaved family and wish the wounded Romanian a fast recovery. I also reiterate our deep commitment to fighting international terrorism,” is the message sent by President Iohannis, as cited in a release of the Presidential Administration.
Premier Dancila firmly condemn the bloody terrorist attack in Kabul
Premier Viorica Dancila firmly condemned the terrorist attack in Kabul, in which a representative of Romania’s diplomatic mission to the capital of Afghanistan was killed and another one was injured.
“I firmly condemn the bloody terrorist attack in Afghanistan that killed a representative of Romania’s diplomatic mission to Kabul and left another one injured. This act of horrendous cruelty in which several foreign citizens were killed and more than 100 were injured does not shake our determination and doesn’t derail us from our commitment to fight terrorism, together with our international partners,” the Prime Minister wrote on Facebook.
The head of the Executive offered condolences to the family of the killed Romanian and said that the government reaffirms its support for the actions aimed at building peace and long-lasting stability in Afghanistan.
“I convey my condolences to the family of the Romanian citizen who lost his life in this attack, as well as to all those who have lost a loved one, and I wish the wounded the best of health and the power to make a fast recovery. The Romanian government reaffirms its support for the actions aimed at bringing peace and long-lasting stability in Afghanistan,” wrote Viorica Dancila.
JusMin Birchall: We must focus efforts in preventing and combating terrorism
Justice Minister Ana Birchall sent a condolence message to the family of the Romanian who died following the terrorist attack in Kabul, adding that such attacks are deeply condemnable.
“I found with deep sorrow the news of the death of a representative of Romania’s diplomatic mission in Kabul and the serious injury of another, following a terrorist attack occurred on Monday night in Kabul, Afghanistan. Unfortunately, terrorist actions continue to take innocent lives all over the world. Such attacks are deeply condemnable! As I have always said, through international collaboration and cooperation, we must focus our efforts to ensure the citizens’ security in front of the current threats, especially in preventing and combating terrorism. Condolences to the family of the Romanian for the difficult loss and a lot of strength to the one injured to overcome this tough moment!,” Ana Birchall wrote on Facebook.