Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement today (28 December):
Once again, many innocent civilians have been killed and injured in deadly bomb attacks on a cultural centre in Kabul. These perfidious attacks targeted education, the free media and every person who thinks independently and makes his or her own decisions. The intention is to sow division in, and bring discord to, Afghan Society.
This evil plan must not succeed. We continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Afghanistan, and we will remain steadfast in our engagement.
We join the families of those who died today in mourning their loss, and our thoughts are with them.