The top United Nations official in Afghanistan strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a compound of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in central Kabul, which earlier today wounded three of the agency’s staff, one seriously.
One staff member from the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) was also injured, according to a statement issued by Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). All are now receiving medical attention.
Mr. Kubiš added that all UN staff members in the capital have been accounted for.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility, alleging that their target was a “military rest house,” he said in the statement.
“The situation is reported to be under the control of Afghan security forces. The mopping-up operation continues, with sporadic arms fire still being heard.”
Mr. Kubiš extended his sympathies to all those harmed in the attack and their families, and said he is in touch with the leadership of the IOM, a UN-affiliated organization.
He also recognized with gratitude the “quick actions” of UN security personnel, including Ghurkha guards provided by the firm IDG Security, and Afghan security forces.
“Initial information indicates that one police officer was killed in action. I express my condolences to his family and my sympathies to all IDG Security personnel, Afghan police and security forces injured while bravely responding to this terrorist attack,” he stated.