Statement from Ambassador James B. Cunningham
September 13, 2013
The United States Government condemns the terrorist attack against our Consulate in Herat. The Consulate staff performed superbly. We are grateful for the quick response of the Afghan and ISAF security forces who secured the facility and kept our personnel safe. We thank the governor of Herat and the government of Afghanistan for their support and ongoing partnership.
Afghan civilians and Afghans on contract to the Consulate were also killed or injured. We are deeply saddened by this senseless loss of life, and our prayers go out to the victims and their families. We hope for the speedy recovery of those injured. We are reminded again of the very real human toll exacted by terrorism. The perpetrators of this attack have shed Afghan blood on Afghan soil.