The United States strongly condemns the horrific attack in Kabul today that killed an unconfirmed number of people and wounded more than 100 others, including as many as 50 children.  We offer our sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families, and our wishes for a quick recovery to the injured.  We commend the Afghan security forces for their swift response to prevent further loss of life.

We call on the Taliban to stop attacking civilians.  Afghans yearn for peace and deserve an end to these senseless acts of violence.  Today’s indiscriminate assault, which caused injuries to children at school, was particularly barbarous.  It serves as a stark reminder of what is at stake in the peace process and why we remain committed to helping those Afghans who seek a peaceful future for their country.

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