UNSC condemns attack on UN centre in Afghanistan

Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack on a UN compound in Herat.

New York: The Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a United Nations compound in Afghanistan`s western city of Herat in which several security personnel were wounded.

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack against the United Nations operations centre," it said in a statement.

"The members of the Security Council reiterated their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, al Qaeda, and other extremist groups, to the local population, national security forces, international military and international assistance efforts in Afghanistan," the statement added.

On Saturday, a group of assailants, reportedly disguised in burqas attacked the compound, sparking a gunbattle between militants and security personnel during which three raiders were killed. One of the attackers blew himself up to give access to the trio inside the premises.

Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who also condemned the attack, commended the assistance from the Afghan security forces and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) whose "prompt action stabilised the situation and undoubtedly saved the lives of United Nations staff members in the compound."

The Security Council also "underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice" and said "no terrorist act can reverse the path towards peace, democracy and reconstruction in Afghanistan”.