Afghan security needs urgent attention in wake of blast – Global Times China

A suicide blast ripped through the diplomatic quarter of Kabul, Afghanistan Wednesday, causing at least 90 deaths and hundreds of injuries, according to media reports. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the explosion as an “inhuman and cowardly attack” against innocent civilians. The Taliban denied involvement and there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack so far.

Despite anti-terrorism operations, Afghanistan’s security situation allows no optimism. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documented 2,181 civilian casualties in the first quarter of 2017. “It is civilians, with increasing numbers of women and children, who far too often bear the brunt of the conflict,” said UNAMA head Tadamichi Yamamoto.

Apart from civilian casualties and devastating effects on the country’s economy and politics, the turbulence will for sure negatively affect cooperation, peace and stability in the whole region, considering Afghanistan’s geopolitical advantages as a transportation hub for central, south and west Asia. Thus, the… Read More on Global Times China