United Nations: The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the terror attacks in Kabul which killed about 60 people and called on the Afghan government to bring the perpetrators of the "abhorrent" act to justice.
   
In a press statement on Wednesday, read by Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which holds the Council's presidency for this month, the 15-nation Council "reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security."
   
The members of the Security Council "condemned in the strongest terms the abhorrent terrorist attacks" of December 6 in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif, it said.
   
Expressing sympathy and condolences to the families and victims of the "heinous acts", the Council called on the Afghanistan government to bring those responsible to justice.
   
It said any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, reiterating its determination to combat all forms of terrorism.
   
The attacks occurred on Ashura, which commemorates the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed's grandson, Hussein.

A suicide bomber struck a shrine packed with worshippers in Kabul, reportedly killing at least 54 people, while another blast struck near a mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif, killing four and injuring hundreds.

(Agencies)