Terrorist Attack in Afghanistan
(Statement by Foreign Press Secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura)
1. Japan is greatly shocked and indignant at the terrorist attack with a suicide car bomb and the following gunfight which occurred in the vicinity of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on April 19 (same day local time). Japan expresses its sincere condolences to those who lost their lives and their bereaved families. Japan also extends its heartfelt sympathies towards the injured, and prays for their earliest recovery.
2. Such act of terrorism, which tramples on efforts for peace and reconstruction of Afghanistan, cannot be tolerated for any reason, and Japan expresses its firm condemnation. Japan condemns terrorism in all forms regardless of its purposes, and strongly reiterates that no act of terrorism can be justified.
3. Japan is actively working for stability of Afghanistan in the fields of political process, security and reconstruction assistance, under the objective of not allowing Afghanistan to revert to a hotbed of terrorism, and it intends to continue its support.