India calls for dismantling cross border terrorist safe havens

New Delhi [India], Apr 22 (ANI): India on Saturday restated the need to immediately dismantle the terrorist safe havens, while strongly condemning the Taliban attack on the Afghan National Defence Forces that has reportedly claimed over a hundred lives.

"India condemns in the strongest terms the deplorable terrorist attack in Mazar-e-Sharif on 21 April resulting in loss of lives, including the brave personnel of the Afghan National Defence Forces. The government and the people of India extend their deepest condolences and stand with the Government and people of Afghanistan at this difficult moment," said a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs.

The statement said that the terrorist attack is a stark reminder of the need to immediately dismantle the safe havens and sanctuaries that support and sustain terrorism in Afghanistan from outside its borders.

"India remains steadfast in its support to Afghanistan in fighting all forms of terrorism and bringing perpetrators of terrorist violence to justice, wherever they may be," it added.

The attack happened at about 1.30 p m on Friday at a mosque located onsite of Afghan National Army's 209 Shaheen Corps Headquarters in Balkh province.

Insurgents in army vehicles and reportedly wearing military uniforms penetrated multiple layers of security before launching a coordinated attack. (ANI)