By PNA / Xinhua and U.S. News Agency / Asian
Pakistan on Friday strongly condemned the suicide attack in northern Afghanistan and vowed to work with the neighboring country to defeat terrorism.
At least 41 people were killed and over 30, including the provincial police chief, were injured as a bomber blew his explosive up near a mosque in Maimana, the provincial capital of Faryab on Friday, an Afghan official said.
“Pakistan strongly condemns the suicide attack outside a mosque in Maymana city, Northern Afghanistan this morning,” the Foreign Ministry said.
A statement said the Government of Pakistan conveys its deepest condolences to the Government and people of Afghanistan on this tragic incident.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims,” it added.
The Foreign Ministry said the two countries face the common threat of terrorism, and Pakistan is committed to work closely with Afghanistan to eliminate this scourge.
Afghan officials said 23 members of the Afghan National Police were among the dead.
Provincial police chief Abdul Khaliq Aqsay was among the wounded. However, Afghan media reported that the police chief of Faryab was also killed in the attack.
No group claimed responsibility for the bombing.
The Afghan authorities blame Taliban for such attack.