ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the terrorist attack on an Afghan security base in Maidan Wardak that took more than 100 lives a day earlier.
The Taliban’s attack in central Afghanistan killed scores of security personnel, officials said, with some estimates putting the death toll at more than 100.
“My condolences go to the people of Afghanistan at the great loss of life suffered in the condemnable act of terror in Maidan Wardak province on Monday; I pray that peace will return soon to our war-ravaged neighbour,” the premier tweeted.
Earlier, the foreign office issued its condemnation of the terrorist attack in Maidan Wardak.
“We pray for the maghfirah [forgiveness] of the deceased. Our hearts go out for the bereaved families. We share their grief,” Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said.
“Such reprehensible acts vitiate the environment of ongoing efforts for peace,” he wrote further, referring to the ongoing peace talks with leaders from Pakistan, the United States, and Afghanistan reportedly participating.
Attackers rammed a captured military Humvee packed with explosives into a training centre of the National Directorate for Security (NDS) in Maidan Wardak province, west of the capital Kabul. At least two gunmen followed up, spraying the compound with gunfire before they were shot down.
Local officials also said that scores of troops and NDS personnel were killed in the attack but there was no official confirmation of the casualty toll, with officials ordered not to talk to media for fear of damaging morale.