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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on Deadly Serial Attacks in Afghanistan
2021-05-09 18:46

Q: According to the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Afghanistan, on the afternoon of May 8 local time, serial attacks were carried out near a secondary school for girls in the capital Kabul, killing at least 50 and injuring over 100, most of which were students attending the school. No organization has claimed responsibility so far. Does China have any comment? Are there Chinese citizens among the casualties?

A: We are shocked by the attacks and strongly condemn such violent acts. We are deeply saddened by the passing of the victims and extend sincere condolences to the bereaved families. It has been verified that there is no Chinese citizen among the casualties.

China opposes violent extremism in all its manifestations. We will continue our firm support for the Afghan government and people in their efforts to combat terrorism and safeguard national security and stability. We also stand ready to work with the international community to help Afghanistan realize peace at an early date.

It needs to be pointed out that the recent abrupt US announcement of complete withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan has led to a succession of explosive attacks throughout the country, worsening the security situation and threatening peace and stability as well as people’s life and safety. China calls on foreign troops in Afghanistan to take into full account the security of people in the country and the region, pull out in a responsible manner and avoid inflicting more turmoil and suffering on the Afghan people.

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