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Hillary Clinton denounces suicide bombings in Afghanistan

(Xinhua)

09:07, December 07, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday condemned strongly the suicide bombings that killed more than 50 people and injured over 150 others in Afghanistan, vowing the U.S. will not allow the progress of the last 10 years "to be rolled back."

"These attacks directed at worshipers marking the Shia holy day of Ashura are deplorable, and those responsible show their complete disregard for the efforts of the Afghan people to make their country more stable, more peaceful and more democratic," the top U.S. envoy said in a statement.

"As the international community showed at the Bonn conference yesterday, we will not allow the progress of the last 10 years to be rolled back," she said, adding her country will continue to work with the Afghan government and people to "combat violent extremism and continue progress toward a peaceful, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan."

The two suicide bombings took place on Tuesday in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul and the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, with many victims being worshipers who were observing Ashura, the Muslim day of mourning.

The Bonn conference discussed the future of Afghanistan after U. S. and NATO troops withdraw by the end of 2014.

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