EU condemns Afghan attacks, says staff is safe
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton condemns the wave of coordinated attacks in Afghanistan.
BRUSSELS - European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton condemned the wave of coordinated attacks in Afghanistan on Sunday but said EU staff in the country were out of danger.
Ashton "condemns in the strongest terms the coordinated attacks launched today by Taliban elements against premises of State institutions and international organisations in Kabul and other locations in
Afghanistan," her office said in a statement.
The European External Action Service has been in contact with personnel on the ground and "they are safe," the statement said.
"The EU wishes to reaffirm its support to the Afghan government and its commitment to continue supporting the government's efforts in consolidating stability and democracy," it said.
Explosions and gunfire rocked the Afghan capital Kabul Sunday as suicide bombers struck across Afghanistan in coordinated attacks claimed by Taliban insurgents as the start of a spring offensive.
The US, British, German and Japanese embassy compounds came under fire as militants attacked the city's diplomatic enclave and tried to storm parliament. Security forces moved President Hamid Karzai to a safe area.