ISLAMABAD, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan on Wednesday strongly condemned a suicide bomb attack in the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital Kabul, which reportedly killed at least nine people and injured about 21 others.
"We are grieved at the loss of precious lives in this dreadful terrorist attack. We express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured," the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said.
The ministry said Pakistan reiterates its unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all forms and manifestations and expresses solidarity with the government and people of Afghanistan in their fight against the menace of terrorism.
"We believe concerted efforts by states, and close cooperation among them, are needed for eliminating the scourge of terrorism," it said.
Afghan officials have said in reported comments that a suicide bomber struck Kabul's heavily-security diplomatic area of Wazir Akbar Khan on Tuesday afternoon.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.