The Philippines on Friday expressed its condolences to Afghanistan as it condemned the latest terrorist bomb attack in Kabul that left more than 40 persons dead and at least 80 others injured.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said there were no Filipinos reported among the casualties in the latest terror incident that was claimed by the Islamic State.
“The Philippines joins the government and the people of Afghanistan in mourning the loss of many lives in the terrorist attack in Kabul on Thursday,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.
“We condemn this senseless act of violence that deliberately targeted innocent civilians, many of them young students and even some women and children,” Cayetano added.
In its report to the Home Office, the Philippine Embassy in Islamabad, which has jurisdiction over Afghanistan, said none of the 1,500 Filipinos estimated to be working in Kabul and other parts of the country were among the casualties in the attack.
Chargé d’Affaires Anwar Ito said the attack targeted a Shi’a cultural center and a news agency in the western part of the capital.
The incident came three days after an attack at an intelligence compound also in Kabul which left 10 persons dead.
Ito said Filipinos in Afghanistan were reminded to remain vigilant and to take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety and security.