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Afghanistan: Security Council Condemns Attack

Afghanistan: Security Council Condemns Attack On Unicef Workers

New York, May 15 2006

Condemning a recent terrorist attack in Afghanistan against a vehicle of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Security Council today urged the country’s authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Council’s call followed similar reactions from the senior UN envoy to Afghanistan, Tom Koenigs, and UNICEF chief Ann Veneman after the car travelling between Badghis and Herat came under attack on Friday.

UNICEF driver Sirajuddin Noorzai and an Afghan doctor working with a German medical non-governmental organization (NGO) were killed on the spot, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said this weekend. A second UNICEF staff member, Qasim Nazari, was seriously wounded and has been undergoing emergency procedures in Herat.

A police escort vehicle was untouched. “The members of the Security Council were shocked by the terrorist attack on a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) vehicle in the province of Herat on 12 May 2006, and condemned the attack in the strongest terms,” Security Council President Basile Ikouebe of the Republic of the Congo said in a press statement.

Council members reiterated their concern at the increasing threat to the local population, national security forces, international military and international assistance efforts, and stressed the importance of the security and safety of the United Nations staff,” he said.

“The members of the Security Council urged the Afghan authorities to make every effort to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

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