President Hamid Karzai Wednesday called for execution of the attacker who shot to death scores of civilians trapped in a private bank in Jalalabad city on Saturday.
President Karzai’s Spokesperson, Wahid Omar, called the raid in Jalalabad city “inhuman, un-Islamic and shocking”.
At a press conference, Mr Omar said terrorists should not be fought in Afghanistan, emphasising that the international community should attack insurgents’ safe havens and sanctuaries outside Afghan borders.
The statement by President’s Office is made after TOLO and TOLOnews TV channels aired the footage of civilian killings by an assailant in Jalalabad branch of Kabul Bank.
The footage showed a militant dressed in police uniform shooting people who are stuck in the bank.
The Afghan Ministry of Interior has said the assailant is a Pakistani citizen from Miranshah in North Waziristan.
The captured militant said “It was enjoyable to shoot people.”
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.
“On behalf of, and in defence of the Afghan people, President Karzai today instructed head of the Supreme Court to sentence this criminal and terrorist to capital punishment,” said Mr Omar.
Without pointing out to any specific country, Mr Omar highlighted that insurgents should be fought outside Afghan borders.
“To fight terrorists in Kabul Bank in Jalalabad and shopping malls in Kabul no longer makes any sense until their safe havens are not rooted out,” said Mr Omar.
There are powers in the region that see their interests in Afghanistan’s instability.
Nearly 40 civilians were killed and another 80 were wounded in the recent attack in Jalalabad.
TOLO news – Wednesday, 23 February 2011