US condemns Kabul attack that killed 29, including journalists — Pompeo

WASHINGTON, The US strongly condemns today’s “senseless and barbaric” attack in Kabul that killed 29 people and wounded dozens more, including several brave journalists and media professionals, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims who were injured and killed, and we mourn all those who lost their lives,” Pompeo said in a statement released by the State Department.

“The independent media is a cornerstone of democracy,” Pompeo sad.

“Despite today’s attack, the vibrant media landscape that has developed in Afghanistan will endure, in large part due to those journalists and media professionals who tragically died in today’s attack, but whose courageous and steadfast work helped lay the foundation for Afghanistan’s thriving and resilient independent media.” The international community’s commitment to the Afghan people and a lasting peace in Afghanistan will not be shaken by such attacks, he said.

The US, along with its Afghan and international partners, is committed to defeating the so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan, which has claimed responsibility for the attack, Pompeo said.

“We stand with the people, the independent media and government of Afghanistan, and remain committed to supporting the Afghan people’s efforts to achieve peace, security and democracy for their country,” he said.

Source: Kuwait News Agency