WASHINGTON- The Obama administration has condemned the attack as barbaric in Kabul resulting in death of nine people, including eminent Afghan journalist Sardar Ahmad, women and children.

“Those of us lucky enough to meet & work Sardar Ahmad mourn his loss & that of his family in senseless Taliban attack on the Serena Hotel,” Caitlin Hayden, spokesperson for the National Security Council at the White House, said on Twitter. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki also condemned the attack. The perpetrators had needlessly shed the blood of both Afghans and their international partners at a time when citizens were celebrating Nawroz and preparing to vote in historic elections, she said. 

“The barbaric nature of these events reminds us of the total disregard the insurgents have for human life and their fear of a free vote for the future of Afghanistan,” she said told reporters at her daily news briefing. Reporters went out every day and risked their lives in countries around the world, and it was an incredible service to report on happenings in a country like Afghanistan, but the fact that they put their lives at risk was certainly commendable, she added. “We offer our deepest condolences, again, to the families of the deceased and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded. We will continue to stand with the Afghan people and the government in pursuit of a stable, prosperous, and democratic Afghanistan, where all life is respected,” Psaki said.