UN chief deplores Afghan suicide attack that killed over 40

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United Nations, Nov 7 (UNI) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has denounced the suicide attack that killed more than 40 civilians and injured scores of others in the northern Afghan town of Baghlan-- one of the deadliest the war-torn nation has witnessed in recent years.

''The Secretary-General strongly condemns this heinous attack and sends his profound condolences to the bereaved families of the victims, as well as to the government and people of Afghanistan,'' according to a statement by his spokesperson yesterday.

Mr Ban ''once again expresses his continuing anxiety regarding the unstable security situation throughout Afghanistan,'' the statement said.

On Monday, both Mr Ban and the UN General Assembly voiced their deep concern about the security situation in Afghanistan.

In a statement, he called on states assisting the fledgling democracy to maintain their commitments so that Afghanistan does not again become ''a host for terrorist and extremist groups.'' Likewise, the Assembly strongly condemned the upsurge of violence in Afghanistan, including the rising trend of suicide attacks, owing to the increased violent and terrorist activity by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups.

In a resolution adopted by the 192-member body, the assembly on the Afghan government, with the assistance of the international community, resolved to ''continue to address the threat to the security and stability of Afghanistan posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups as well as by criminal violence.'' UNI

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