London Says Kabul Attacks Were ‘cowardly’
August 19, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
LONDON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — London condemned the “vicious and cowardly” suicide attacks Friday near a British compound in Afghanistan on the country’s Independence Day.
On Friday, Afghanistan marked its 92nd year of independence from Great Britain. Independence Day was marked by twin suicide attacks near the British Council in Kabul, leaving at least three people dead, The Daily Telegraph newspaper in London reports.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attacks were meant as a message to London on Afghanistan’s Independence Day.
“Now the British have invaded our country again and they will recognize our Independence Day again,” he was quoted as saying.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the attacks would do little to undermine London’s resolve to help Afghanistan recover from decades of war.
“This is a particularly vicious and cowardly attack but it’s an attack that hasn’t succeeded,” he said. “It will not stop the British Council and indeed our whole effort in Afghanistan to bring stability and peace to that country.”
International forces are preparing for a gradual drawdown from Afghanistan after nearly 10 years of military engagement there.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a statement commemorating Afghanistan’s independence said that while transition was part of a re-emerging country, “being independent, however, does not mean being alone.”