UNITED NATIONS, (APP): The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has condemned Tuesday night’s attack at the Shia mosque in Kabul that killed at least 18 civilians and injured more than 50 others.

“This attack deliberately targeting a large group of civilians exercising their right to freely manifest their religion in worship, observance and practice is an atrocity,” the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a press release issued on Wednesday.

According to the release, an attacker wearing an Afghan security forces uniform entered the Karte Shakhi Mosque as civilians congregated on the eve of Ashura. The attacker opened fire on the congregation and used a hand grenade, killing and maiming worshipers.

Among those killed were four women and two children, a boy and a girl.

“International humanitarian law prohibits deliberate attacks against civilians and civilian property, including places of worship, and places a specific obligation on parties to enable religious personnel to carry out their work,” UNAMA said in the release.

“International humanitarian law further prohibits attacks directed against people and places of worship which constitute the cultural or spiritual heritage of peoples.”
UNAMA expressed condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery for the injured.