Al-Azhar condemns terrorist blasts near Kabul airport

MENA , Ahram Online , Friday 27 Aug 2021

The top Sunni Muslim authority hoped for the return of peace and stability to Afghanistan

Al-Azhar's Grand Imam El-Tayeb

Egypt's Al-Azhar has strongly condemned the two bombing attacks near Kabul airport in Afghanistan, which left scores of Afghans and US troops dead and wounded Thursday.

In a statement, the top Sunni Muslim authority stressed full support for the Afghan people in their great loss, and hoped for the return of peace and stability to Afghanistan.

Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb offered his deepest condolences for the dead and wished speedy recovery for the injured.

At least 60 Afghan civilians were killed and 143 others were injured in the explosions near the Kabul airport early today, AP cited an official as saying on condition of anonymity.

Also, 12 US service members have been killed and 15 injured in the twin blasts, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Head of US Central Command General Frank McKenzie blamed the Islamic State in Khorasan (ISIS-K), a local affiliate of Daesh, for the attacks, pledging action against the group’s elements.

The attacks, which targeted the evacuation operation of American and Afghan allies at the Kabul airport, come only days before the deadline set by US President Joe Biden for the US forces to withdraw from the country.

Biden vowed Thursday to complete the evacuation of American citizens and others from Afghanistan, promising to avenge the deaths.

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