Terrorists targeting Afghanistan’s security: FM spox

TEHRAN, Jun. 17 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi strongly condemned the suicide attack in Afghanistan, saying "the terrorists and enemies of Afghan nation have been targeting the stability and security of the country.”

A suicide bomber blew himself up in Afghanistan's eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday as mostly Taliban fighters gathered to celebrate a three-day cease fire marking the Islamic holiday of Eid-ul-Fitr, killing at least 26 people. The attack left another 41 wounded.

Expressing sympathy over the tragic incident, Ghasemi said the ill-wishers of the Afghan nation, who consider peace, reconciliation and cease-fire between the government and the Taliban group contrary to their interests, did not tolerate a ceasefire and unity in the country and demonstrated with another crime that their survival and persistence lie in committing crimes and sowing discord.

"It won't take long that the Afghan people and government will overcome terrorism and will reap benefits of their patience and resistance against the terrorists," he noted. 

ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement from Amaq News Agency, the terrorist group's media wing.

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