Prez, PM condemns suicide attack in Kabul

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condemned a suicide attack in Kabul, saying India stands by Afghanistan in opposing all forms of terrorism.

“I am shocked and saddened to learn of the blast…I strongly condemn the perpetrators of the incident. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in the blast and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.

“The Government of India stands ready to extend all possible assistance to the government and people of Afghanistan,” Mukherjee said in a statement.

Prime Minister Modi tweeted that “India stands with Afghanistan in resolutely opposing all forms of terrorism.”

Modi condoled the loss of lives and injuries in “senseless violence”.

At least 61 people were killed and another 207 wounded in the Afghan capital today, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed clothing among a large crowd of demonstrators demanding that a major regional electric power line be routed through their home province.