Sun, 02 May 2021 - 11:06 GMT
FILE - Taliban fighters pose with weapons in an undisclosed location in Nangarhar province in this December 13, 2010 picture. REUTERS/Stringer
CAIRO – 2 May 2021: Egypt condemned on Saturday the terror attack that targeted Pul-e-Alam city in Afghanistan near the capital incurring dozens of casualties.
Egypt also expressed condolences to the families of the victims, and wished the injured a speedy recovery. It also asserted its solidarity with Afghanistan in combating all forms of terrorism, violence, and extremism.
The suicide attack was carried out by Taliban on Friday killing 27 people and injuring 100 using a car bomb. The blast occurred outside a guesthouse where students from rural areas were staying amid university entrance exams.
According to the New York Times, the guesthouse is owned by the family of a Senator who himself had been assassinated by Taliban. On Saturday, a professor at Kabul University was fatally shot while dozens of Afghan security forces personnel were killed over the past weeks.
It is noted that May 1, 2021 marks a deadline agreed upon by Taliban and the United States in February 2020 for the latter to terminate its 20-year military presence in the country. However, U.S. President Joe Biden extended the deadline to September 11.