Concerning the Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan
April 15, 2012
- Following the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, at 8:00 am on Sunday, April 15, Japan time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs set up a liaison office within the Ministry headed by Mr. Shigeo Matsutomi, Director-General, Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, and at 9:00 p.m. on that same day, a countermeasures office was set up, headed by Mr. Kenichiro Sasae, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs.
- H.E. Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has instructed the officials to make their utmost efforts to gather information as well as to verify and ensure the safety of Japanese citizens.
- As of 10:15 p.m. Japan time, all Japanese citizens within the city of Kabul have been confirmed as safe, and no information has been received suggesting that a Japanese citizen has been harmed.
- The Embassy of Japan in Afghanistan has confirmed that there were four explosions caused by the firing of RPGs. The Embassy and Ambassador's residence did incur a certain amount of damage.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original version in Japanese.)