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Top UN Envoy Calls For Probe Into Murder

Top UN Envoy Calls For Probe Into Murder Of Female Colleague In Afghanistan

New York, Nov 30 2008 5:10PM

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has joined the world body''s human rights and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners in condemning the murder of a female Afghan colleague in the volatile eastern province of Nangarhar and calling for an investigation into the killing.

Belqis Mazloomyar was a contract worker for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Surkh Rod district in Nangarhar. She was shot dead on 26 November at a meeting of local elders in Lower Sheikh Mesri, a temporary settlement for returnees.

"Her murderer has not been identified and at this stage the reasons for the attack remain unclear," the Secretary-General''s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Kai Eide, said in a statement issued today.

"Ms. Mazloomyar was a cherished colleague, and was well known for her activism in support of her community, in particular on women''s causes

ENDS

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