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Suicide Bomb Targets Foreigners in Afghanistan

Three UN staff killed in Afghan attack

Kabul: Three UN employees were killed on Monday along with three others when a Taliban truck full of explosives was detonated near a compound housing UN offices in Afghanistan’s Kandahar city.

Two Afghan civilians and a policeman were also killed in the early morning attack that also involved gunmen, Xinhua reported.

Three UN staff killed in Afghan attackThe terror attack “resulted in the death of three UNHCR employees at our compound and the wounding of two other staff members”, said a statement issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kabul.Though the statement did not disclose the nationalities of the victims, a police official told Xinhua all three were Afghans.Three UN staff killed in Afghan attack The Kandahar administration said one of the wounded men was a Nepali who was the security guard of the UNHCR office.


KGO Newstalk  October 31, 2011

(KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN) – The regional office of IRD, a USAID subcontractor, was targeted Monday morning in what’s being called a major attack; a suicide attacker driving a pickup truck began the attack, severely damaging the building. The explosion was followed by small arms fire.

According to Kandahar governor’s media office, the attackers took position inside a veterinary clinic in the area and continued to fire on security forces.This was described as a major attack because it targeted both the UN and the USAID contractor in Kandahar city.

foreigners were targeted, none were killed. However, this attack does mark the second major attack on foreigners in Afghanistan in three days. According to UN, US and Afghan police officials, the UN building suffered severe damage from the truck bomb, and four civilians and one policeman were killed. Four individuals were injured, including one Nepalese guard at the UNHCR guesthouse.

October 31, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Casualties, Civilian Contractors, NGO's, Private Security Contractor, United Nations, USAID | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

UN Plane Crash in DRC, 32 Killed

IOL News March 5, 2011

Three South African men were among the 32 UN officials and peacekeepers killed when a plane crashed on landing in heavy rain in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa.

Only one person survived the crash in Kinshasa on Monday, UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said at the world body’s headquarters.

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation confirmed that the sole survivor was not South African and that the three who died in the air crash were in the employ of the UN, but were not soldiers.

Of the 33 passengers, 20 were UN employees.

“The accident was caused by the rain,” she said. “The plane broke up completely. A part of the cockpit rolled along the ground for 800m.” The Fokker 100 aircraft burst into flames on crashing but firefighters managed to put out the fire quickly, aided by the heavy rains, she said.

Congo Crash Two Bangladeshi Army Die

Dhaka, Apr 5 (bdnews24.com) — Two Bangladeshi army men have been killed in a UN plane crash at the main airport of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in its capital.

The deceased were identified as Maj K M Ziaul Haque and corporal (clerk) Mohammad Yunus Mia.

`UNITED NATIONS, April 4 (Xinhua) –– The UN Security Council on Monday conveyed its “deepest condolences” to the UN and non-UN staff killed in a plane crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which left 32 people dead.

Osorio, the Colombian UN ambassador who holds the rotating Security Council presidency for April, made the statement to reporters here after closed consultations among 15 Council members.

“On behalf of the members of the Security Council, I would like to express our profound sorrow for the accident that occurred today in Kinchasa when a UN airplane missed the air-strip and crashed resulting in the deaths of 32 persons including both UN and non UN staff,” he said.

Kinshasa, Congo, April 4, 2011 /WNCNews/ – UN plane which carried the staff of the United Nations (UN), on Monday (4/4), crashed in Congo and broke into two.

Initially, according to a spokesman for UN peacekeeping, Nick Birnback, the death toll reached 10 people and could also increase.

However, a few minutes ago, airport officials of Congo made sure, the death toll reached 26 people. The cause of the UN plane crash was still unknown.

The UN mission in Congo, which is commonly abbreviated MONUSCO, involves more than 19,000 peacekeeping personnel. The mission is aimed at protecting civilians from violence, including all forms of sexual violence

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April 4, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Safety and Security Issues, United Nations | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment