World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Afghanistan Two Killed At Voter Registration Site

Two Killed In Blast At Voter Registration Site In Afghanistan, UN Envoy ‘Outraged’

Two people at a voter registration site in eastern Afghanistan were killed in a bomb blast today, prompting the top United Nations envoy in the country to voice his anger at the attack.

A spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

(UNAMA) said Special Representative Jean Arnault was “outraged” at the killing of one Afghan staff member of the Secretariat of the Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) and another individual, possibly a voter registrant.

“He condemns in the strongest terms this callous attack, which was carried out on a registration site located in a mosque,” said Manoel de Almeida e Silva. “The Special Representative conveys his condolences and expresses his sympathy to the families, friends and colleagues of the deceased. He wishes a swift recovery to those wounded.”

According to preliminary reports, an explosive device went off at 8 a.m. local time in a registration site in Belal Kheil village, Andar District, Ghazni. The two JEMB staff members reported as being seriously injured were medically evacuated by UN helicopter to the Bagram military hospital. The five other JEMB staff members who suffered lesser injuries were being treated locally.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Ramzy Baroud: Year in Review Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy

2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process’, at least in its American formulation, has ended. And with its demise, a political framework that has served as the foundation for US foreign policy in the Middle East has also collapsed. More>>


North Korea: NZ Denounces Missile Test

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has denounced North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test. The test, which took place this morning, is North Korea’s third test flight of an inter-continental ballistic missile. More>>


Campbell On: the US demonising of Iran

Satan may not exist, but the Evil One has always been a handy tool for priests and politicians alike.

Currently, Iran is the latest bogey conjured up by Washington to (a) justify its foreign policy interventions and (b) distract attention from its foreign policy failures.

Once upon a time, the Soviet Union was the nightmare threat for the entire Cold War era – and since then the US has cast the Taliban, al Qaeda, and Islamic State in the same demonic role. Iran is now the latest example…More

Catalan Independence:
Pro-independence parties appear to have a narrow majority. More>>