Advertisement
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Afghanistan: UN Office In Herat Attacked, Guard Killed

Deborah Lyons, the UN special representative for Afghanistan, called the incident deplorable and said the UN was in touch with both sides in the conflict to determine how the office came under fire

Afghanistan: UN Office In Herat Attacked, Guard Killed
Security personnel inspect a damaged vehicle which was firing rockets in Kabul, Afghanistan. | AP/PTI Photo
Afghanistan: UN Office In Herat Attacked, Guard Killed
outlookindia.com
2021-07-31T11:25:30+05:30

A UN office in western Afghanistan came under fire on Friday and one of its guards was killed as the Taliban and Afghan forces waged fierce battles in the area, the United Nations said.

The clashes were taking place in the district of Guzara in Herat province, about 10 kilometers (6 miles), from the Herat provincial capital. It wasn't immediately clear which side was responsible for the fire that hit the UN office.

Fighting has intensified across Afghanistan as the last US and NATO troops complete their pullout. The Taliban have overrun dozens of districts and seized several strategic border crossings.

Deborah Lyons, the UN special representative for Afghanistan, called the incident deplorable and said the UN was in touch with both sides in the conflict to determine how the office came under fire and by whom.

“The perpetrators of this attack must be identified and brought to account,” she said. “The UN is urgently seeking to establish a full picture about the attack and for this purpose is in contact with the relevant parties.”

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi released a statement saying the UN office was caught in the crossfire but that the “office was safe, and they should not have any concern. ”

The chairperson of Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission, Shaharzad Akbar, tweeted that attacks against Un could amount to war crimes.

“Reading the news and my heart is burning,” she tweeted. “Thinking about everyone who is living in fear at this moment in Afghanistan. Every family that can't even plan for tomorrow. All the terrorized children. What has war brought us but misery, suffering, uncertainty & dependency?”

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also condemned the attack. “The Secretary-General strongly condemns attack against a United Nations compound in Herat, Afghanistan, which resulted in the killing of an Afghan security forces guard and injuries to other officers,” a statement issued Friday by the Secretary General’s spokesperson said.

Expressing condolences to the bereaved family and wishing those injured a speedy recovery, Guterres reiterated the United Nations commitment to support the Government and people of Afghanistan in their efforts to achieve peace and stability.

For the past year, a resurgent Taliban have held sway over roughly half of Afghanistan. But since the announcement this spring that US and NATO troops would completely pull out of the country, the Taliban have swept through dozens of districts, seizing more land and even taking control of key border crossings with neighbouring countries.

In the province of Herat, the insurgents have taken the Islam Qala key border crossing with Iran.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

7 New Faces Likely In Punjab Cabinet; 5 Amarinder Singh Loyalists May Face Axe

7 New Faces Likely In Punjab Cabinet; 5 Amarinder Singh Loyalists May Face Axe

The new Punjab cabinet comprising 15 ministers will take oath on Sunday, the state’s Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi announced after having deliberations with the party high command.

Quad Not A Military Alliance, But Will Challenge China's Outreach In Indo-Pacific

Quad Not A Military Alliance, But Will Challenge China's Outreach In Indo-Pacific

Quad is to checkmate China’s growing profile as a nation giving humanitarian aid to nations across Asia and Pacific, and it wants to challenge China’s soft power bid in the region.

IPL 2021, DC Vs RR, Live Scores: Injury Cloud Over Marcus Stoinis In Abu Dhabi

IPL 2021, DC Vs RR, Live Scores: Injury Cloud Over Marcus Stoinis In Abu Dhabi

Follow live cricket scores and updates of DC vs RR here. Delhi are on top of the points table along with Chennai Super Kings.

Police Reforms In India Are Long Overdue But No Government Has Made It A Priority

Police Reforms In India Are Long Overdue But No Government Has Made It A Priority

Several commissions were appointed from time to time at the state and central levels for reforms in the police, but their core recommendations were never accepted.

Advertisement