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Newsline: US State Department condemns shooting at Pakistan’s embassy in Afghanistan

The U.S. condemned an attack a day earlier on the Pakistani embassy in Afghanistan’s capital, in which a senior Pakistani diplomat escaped unhurt but one of his Pakistani guards was wounded, sending a wave of anger in this Islamic nation. In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States condemned the Embassy attack, telling reporters “we offer our sympathies and wish a quick recovery to those affected by the violence”. The United States is “deeply concerned by the attack on a foreign diplomat and we call for a full and transparent investigation,” Price said. The U.S. chargé d’affaires for Afghanistan, Karen Decker also condemned the attack on Nizamani in a tweet Saturday. “Outraged at attack on my diplomatic counterpart @PakinAfg, Ubaid Nizamani; I am grateful he is safe & wish a quick recovery to the brave security guard who was injured. I join the call for a swift, thorough and transparent investigation,” Decker wrote. (https://fox59.com/news/national-world/ap-international/ap-washington-condemns-shooting-at-pakistan-embassy-in-kabul/) Shots were fired at the embassy from a nearby building by an as-yet known assailant or assailants. Shortly after the shooting, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif took to Twitter on Friday, calling the attack an “assassination attempt” against Pakistan’s head of mission in Afghanistan, Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani.

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