France condemns 'odious' Afghan attacks

2011-12-06 22:43

Paris - France on Tuesday condemned two blasts at Afghan shrines that killed at least 59 people on the Shi'ite holy day of Ashura, and said it stood by the Afghan people.

"These cowardly and odious acts ... plunge Afghanistan into mourning as it is already tested by extremism and terrorism," French foreign ministry spokesperson Bernard Valero said in a statement.

"France expresses its full solidarity [with the Afghan people] and reaffirms to the Afghan government its determination to remain engaged at its side in the fight against terrorism," he added.

An attack sowed carnage in Kabul on Tuesday, killing 55 people and wounding 134. A second, near simultaneous strike in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif killed four.

The Taliban denied responsibility for the attacks, blaming "the invading enemy" - an apparent reference to the 140 000-strong foreign force in Afghanistan.

  • Derek - 2011-12-07 06:56

    Yeah, extremely odious, in fact it stinks of CIA tacktics, same as those used in Iraq to sow division and anarchy. (If you can't beat them on the battlefield, blow them up in church).

      Felix - 2011-12-07 08:28

      If it were CIA tactics then it would be the taliban blowing their own people up to anger them into retaliation. Either way, this is just wrong.

      BA - 2011-12-07 09:02

      Yo yo yo Derek, but you can speak a lot of rubbish!!!!! Grow up man and accept that some of the practitioners of islam are murderous terrorists. It's not always America's fault.

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