WH Condemns Kabul Suicide Attack Which Injured U.S. Citizens

By Melanie Arter | June 1, 2017 | 12:08 AM EDT

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House on Wednesday condemned the suicide bomb attack that took place in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least 90 people and injuring hundreds more, including U.S. citizens.

"I want to acknowledge the atrocious attack that took place near the diplomatic zone in Kabul. Initial reports indicate that this attack killed more than 90 and injured more than 300 Afghan civilians, innocent bystanders and members of the diplomatic community," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

 



"We're also aware of reports that multiple United States citizens were among the injured," he said.

At least 11 U.S. citizens were reportedly injured in the attack. The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack, but the Afghan intelligence service said a Pakistani group that is aligned with the Taliban carried out the attack, CNN reported.

"The United States strongly condemns this attack, which came during the holy month of Ramadan, and our embassy will continue to work with our Afghan and coalition partners to provide assistance and help bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice," the press secretary said.

"The president just concluded a call with the president of Afghanistan to relay our deepest condolences," Spicer said.

According to a readout of his phone call with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, President Donald Trump conveyed his "commended the bravery of Afghan first responders, who worked quickly to support the wounded."

"He also commended Afghan security forces for their steadfast efforts to defend the Afghan people from enemies who would seek to deny them the security and prosperity they so richly deserve," the readout stated.

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