Afghan Taliban modus operandi for attack on national police cadets
"I remind all parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan that they are bound to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law at all times," Yamamoto, who is also the new head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said.
He conveyed his deep condolences on behalf of the UN system in the country to the families of the victims and a speedy recovery of the injured.
According to the statement, the two-stage attack was launched by the Taliban in Kabul province's Paghman district.
It began with the detonation of a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device targeting an ANP bus. When passengers from the other ANP buses disembarked to help the injured, a second suicide bomber detonated his body-borne device.
"This attack appears specifically designed to maximize suffering as police went to the aid of their fallen colleagues," Yamamoto said, stressing that the perpetrators must be held accountable.