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Turkey condemns terrorist attacks in Afghanistan

Nearly 40 people die in funeral, hospital attacks in Afghanistan with Taliban denying involvement

Havva Kara Aydın   | 12.05.2020
Turkey condemns terrorist attacks in Afghanistan

ANKARA 

Turkey on Tuesday condemned recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan that reportedly killed almost 40 people and injured more than 75.

"We are saddened by the news that terror attacks targeting a hospital in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul and a funeral ceremony in Nangarhar province this morning caused loss of many civilian lives," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"We condemn these heinous terrorist attacks that have targeted civilians and a hospital with a neonatal unit in the holy month of Ramadan and at a time when the effects of COVID-19 pandemic are intensely felt," added the statement.

The ministry extended condolences to the Afghan people and wished a swift recovery to the injured.

At least 38 people died in two terror strikes in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

A suicide blast during a funeral procession in the eastern Nangarhar province killed at least 24 people, with over 60 injured.

The other attack struck a maternity hospital in the capital Kabul and killed two babies and several women among a total of 14 civilians. Fifteen others were injured in the attack.

The Taliban have rejected involvement in both attacks, which come amid efforts to advance a rejuvenated yet fragile Afghan peace process.

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