Today (15 July) a Federal Foreign Office spokesperson issued the following statement on the car bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan in which, according to media reports, at least 89 people were killed:
We are shocked by this terrible attack that has claimed so many lives. The Federal Government condemns this brutal crime. The people in Afghanistan have courageously defied the Taliban’s attempts at intimidation for the two rounds of the presidential elections and turned out to vote in great numbers.
We hope that the Afghan people will not allow themselves to be deflected from the road towards greater stability and democracy. Germany will continue to stand by the Afghan people.
According to media reports, at least 89 people were killed and many others injured during the car bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan today (Tuesday). The attacker detonated the bomb in a market in Paktika province. According to media reports, it was the worst attack in Afghanistan in months. Only last weekend, after weeks of dispute and following the mediation efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry, the two candidates in the Afghan run‑off election, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, agreed on a compromise to review the votes cast.