DUBAI, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) condemned the terrorist attack that took place inside a mosque in Afghanistan on Friday and extended the condolences to the families of the victims, state news agency WAM reported.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed in a statement that the Gulf state's "vehement condemnation of these acts of terror, affirming that the blast flies in the face of all human and religious principles and values."
The explosion ripped through a mosque during Friday prayers in Gardez, the capital of Paktia Province in eastern Afghanistan, killing 39 people and 81 others injured.
The ministry reaffirmed the UAE's categorical rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism, without distinction between religions or ethnicities.
The ministry reiterated the UAE's solidarity and support to the Afghanistan in countering violence and extremism, calling upon the international community to "uproot the evil of terrorism."