President Karzai Praises Bravery and Sacrifice by the Afghan Security Forces in Yesterday’s Terror Attacks

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April 16, 2012- On this Monday’s regular meeting of the Cabinet, President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on Sunday in Kabul, Nangarhar, Logar and Paktia provinces, which killed 4 civilians and 11 members of the security forces and injured 32 civilians and nearly 42 Afghan security forces.

Suicide terrorists started targeting several areas in the Capital and in the provinces that was quickly followed by response from the ANSF forces that led to the elimination of 36 terrorists and arrest alive of one of them.

Condemning the attacks in the strongest possible terms, the President commended the valor and the devotion demonstrated by the ANSF forces in quickly reacting and eliminating the terrorists. “Afghan security forces proudly displayed their ability which was itself an assurance to the people that they are capable of protecting their country.”

The President also praised the security forces for the caution and the care they exercised in protecting of and preventing any further harm to civilians and for a relatively quick control of the situation.

President Karzai described the infiltration by the suicide terrorists to Kabul and other provinces an “intelligence failure for us and especially NATO”, calling for a full investigation.

The President stressed that the terrorists - mercenaries and stooges at the hands of foreigners - must know that by launching such attacks, they can not undermine the people’s determination in moving towards peace and progress.

Deeply saddened by the tragic losses in the incidents, President Karzai offered his heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims and prayed for a quick recovery of the wounded.