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Afghanistan: Violence

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 165566, tabled on 18 July 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of violence in Jalalabad, Afghanistan as a result of the attack on 1 July 2018 in that city that targeted and killed members of the Hindu and Sikh communities.

Answered on

23 July 2018

‚ÄčThe UK Government condemned the 1 July attack on a group of Sikhs and Hindus in Jalalabad. On Twitter I publicly described it as "a despicable attack on Afghanistan's historic Sikh and Hindu community".

Security remains an ongoing challenge in Afghanistan and violence is particularly high in eastern Afghanistan. The Daesh affiliate, IS Khorasan Province (ISKP), has claimed responsibility for the overwhelming majority of attacks in Jalalabad this year. The Afghan National Defence and Security Forces are committed to tackling this threat. As part of NATO's Resolute Support Mission, the UK supports the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces in its efforts to improve security for all communities in Afghanistan.

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