Pakistan condemns Taliban massacre at Kabul hotel

Pakistan Forward

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan has strongly condemned Saturday's (January 20) attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul.

As many as six gunmen stormed the hotel, spraying bullets and setting parts of the building on fire before being killed by Afghan forces. At least 19 people were killed, according to Afghanistan's Interior Ministry.

The Taliban claimed responsibility.

"We express deep grief and sorrow at the loss of precious human lives and the injuring of many others in this terrorist act," according to a statement from Pakistan's Foreign Ministry Sunday (January 21).

"The [Pakistani government] and the people of Pakistan convey solidarity and support with the [Afghan government] and people of Afghanistan at this dastardly terrorist attack," the statement said.

"We convey our deepest sympathies for those who have lost their loved ones and our sincere prayers and wishes are for early recovery of those who have sustained injuries in this heinous terror attack," said the statement.

"We reiterate our strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," the ministry said.

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