- Title: Germany's Merkel expresses grief and horror over Kabul bomb attack
- Date: 31st May 2017
- Summary: NUREMBERG, GERMANY (MAY 31, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL GREETING MEMBERS OF GERMAN ASSOCIATION OF CITIES AT CONFERENCE / TAKING SEAT MERKEL SEATED MERKEL GOING UP TO STAGE TO GIVE SPEECH (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "Ladies and Gentlemen, please allow me to comment on the current events that are this terrible bomb attack in Afghanistan. We all stand today impacted by the devastating and murderous bomb attack in the immediate vicinity of the German embassy in Kabul. There are most likely 80 fatalities and countless people have been injured. My thoughts and sympathies go out to the victims of this attack and their families. In moments like these it is once again clear to us that terrorism knows no boundaries. It targets us all, whether in Manchester or Berlin, Paris, Istanbul, St. Petersburg or, today, Kabul. Today we are united across all borders in our horror and our sorrow but also in our determination. All of us who believe in the rights, the freedom and the dignity of mankind in Europe, America, in Africa and of course also in Afghanistan will wage the battle against terrorists and we will win." WIDE OF CONFERENCE VENUE
- Embargoed: 14th June 2017 12:24
- Keywords: Merkel Afghanistan Kabul Germany blast
- Location: NUREMBERG, GERMANY
- City: NUREMBERG, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016J654JR
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- Story Text: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (May 31) expressed her horror at a bomb attack in Kabul which killed more than 80 people and injured hundreds more.
"My thoughts and sympathies go out to the victims of this attack and their families. In moments like these it is once again clear to us that terrorism knows no boundaries," the chancellor said at an event in Nuremberg.
"All of us who believe in the rights, the freedom and the dignity of mankind in Europe, America, in Africa and of course also in Afghanistan will wage the battle against terrorists and we will win," Merkel added.
A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, police said, killing at least 80 people, wounding hundreds and damaging embassy buildings.
The bomb, one of the deadliest in Kabul and coming at the start of the holy month of Ramadan, exploded close to the fortified entrance to the German embassy, killing a security guard and wounding some staff.
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