India on Sunday strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Kabul and made a veiled attack on Pakistan saying the reports suggesting that the dastardly act was carried out by terrorists of Haqqani network was a matter of “serious concern”.
“The reports about the attack (in Kabul) having being carried out by terrorists of the internationally proscribed Haqqani Network are a matter of serious concern and bring to fore once again the need to effectively deal with safe havens and sanctuaries that these terrorists find in our shared neighbourhood,” a MEA statement said here.
“We express our sincere condolences to the families of those killed in this heinous attack and wish speedy recovery to the injured,” it said.
The MEA statement “commended the professionalism and bravery” of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces in saving the lives of hundreds of civilians from this gruesome attack.
“India stands in solidarity with the Government and the people of Afghanistan in bringing the perpetrators of these terrorist attacks and their supporters to justice,” the statement said.
The Afghanistan government has blamed Pakistan-based militant group Haqqani network for the attack in the capital Kabul.
Afghan forces rescued over 100 civilians and killed “all suicide bombers” in the attack on Intercontinental Hotel, a Afghan official said.
Nineteen people were killed in the attack, reports said.