3 members of the UN staff among six killed in Taliban attack in southern Afghanistan

3 members of the UN staff among six killed in Taliban attack in southern Afghanistan

Kandahar : Afghanistan | Nov 01, 2011 at 5:21 AM PDT
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Three UN employees were among six killed Monday when four Taliban militants have carried out a coordinated attack on a building that houses the UN agencies in the southern city of Kandahar in Afghanistan. According to a statement released Monday by the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kabul, "Around 6:00 today (0130 GMT), an organized attack in Kandahar involving suicide bombers and gunmen claimed the lives of three UNHCR staff and two others wounded in our dealership. "

The statement did not reveal the nationality of the victims. However, a police officer told Xinhua that all three UNHCR workers were killed in the attack were Afghans.

"It's a tragedy for the UNHCR and to the families of dead and wounded. It also shows the major risks faced by humanitarian workers in Afghanistan, "said Antonio Guterres, the High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement.

"I am extremely saddened. All of us at UNHCR is in solidarity with the families of those killed or wounded. "

Two Afghan civilians and a policeman were also killed in the attack.

"A suicide bomber detonated a truck loaded with explosives at a veterinary clinic near the UNHCR office, killing two Afghan workers clinics. Another worker clinical Afghanistan and Nepal, which is a security guard agency UNHCR were injured in the explosion, "said the local administration of Kandahar in a statement.

The police chief of Kandahar province, Gen. Abdul Raziq told reporters that the three gunmen were killed after nearly six hours of fighting with the police.

"UNHCR is working in Afghanistan since the 1980s, and during this period, we have facilitated the return of millions of refugees and has helped other displaced persons inside Afghanistan. We are looking for a better understanding of the circumstances of the attack today, however the fact remains that our employees were injured and killed and the operation of our office in Kandahar has severely disrupted, "said the UN Declaration .

Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed responsibility for Monday's attack, the second in the city of Kandahar recently.

A translator with the local provincial reconstruction team (PRT) run by the Americans was killed and eight people including five soldiers under NATO command were wounded when a group of armed militants seized a building near the Kandahar PRT Thursday and began shooting at the headquarters of the EPR.

Taliban militants have launched a spring offensive against Afghan and NATO in Afghanistan on May 1.

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Map showing central Kabul in Afghanistan where Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked buildings
Map showing central Kabul in Afghanistan where Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked buildings
Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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