China said it was “shocked” on Tuesday, the day after the attack by armed assailants against a Kabul hotel popular with Chinese businessmen, which left at least three dead and injured five Chinese citizens. “This terrorist attack is abominable, and China is deeply shocked,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a regular press briefing. “We strongly oppose any form of terrorism,” he added, and “we express our sorrow for the Afghan military police who have died, as well as our sympathy for the injured.”
Armed assailants attacked a Kabul hotel on Monday afternoon, killing at least three people, with witnesses saying they heard at least five explosions and several bursts of gunfire. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group.
Chinese nationals called to evacuate
“According to our information, five Chinese citizens were injured in the terrorist attack, and several Afghan military and policemen were also killed,” Wang Wenbin said. He said that the Chinese Embassy in Afghanistan had “undertaken serious demarches with the Afghan caretaker government, asking them to spare no effort in rescuing the injured, carrying out a thorough investigation of the incident, bringing the terrorists to justice and take further measures to protect the safety of Chinese citizens in Afghanistan.”
Embassy staff members went to the scene of the attack on Monday to help with the rescue, he said, stressing that Beijing appreciated that the Afghan security forces had “actively participated in the management charge and rescue of Chinese citizens”. But the spokesman recalled that the ministry’s instructions to Chinese nationals is to evacuate Afghanistan as soon as possible.
The Taliban say they have improved security in their country since they returned to power in August 2021, but numerous bomb attacks have been carried out in recent months, generally claimed by the local branch of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS-K).
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