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President Karzai Condemns the Attack on the al-Askari Shrine in Iraq
Office of the Spokesman to the President


Arg, Kabul - H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the al-Askari shrine in Samarra, Iraq.

According to reports, the al-Askari shrine in Samarra was damaged and the golden dome was destroyed when two terrorists posing as police blew themselves up next to it.

In his reaction to the news the President said, “Terrorists are trying to drive a wedge between the Sunni and Shiite communities who have lived together in harmony throughout the history of Islam. The attack on the al-Askari shrine was a deliberate attempt by terrorists to damage the unity of Muslims in the world. This barbaric act of terrorism is against Islam and humanity and I condemn it in the strongest terms.”

The President appealed to the Sunni and Shiite communities of Iraq for restraint and urged them to unite in thwarting their enemies’ efforts to divide them.

The President, on behalf of the people of Afghanistan, expressed his deep sympathies with the people of Iraq and prayed for a peaceful and prosperous Iraq.

For further information, please contact:

Khaleeq Ahmad, Deputy Spokesman on International Affairs
Tel.: 00 93 70 286 853

Released by the Office of the Spokesman to the President

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

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