NEW YORK, 23rd June, 2016 (WAM) — Members of the UN Security Council have condemned in the strongest words the June 20th detonation of an improvised explosive device, IED, in a bazaar in Kishem district, Badakhshan province, that killed ten civilians including five children, and injured 36 others, mostly children.

On the same day, a Taliban suicide attack in a crowded area of Kabul city killed 13 Nepalese contractors and injured eight others, including five Nepalese diplomatic security guards and three Afghan civilians.

Following this incident, an IED targeting a provincial council member detonated in Kabul city, injuring four civilians including the council member.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks in Kabul city but denied responsibility for the attack in Badakhshan province.

In a statement, the members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of the victims and to the governments of Afghanistan and Nepal. The council underlined the importance of bringing the culprits to justice.

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