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UN condemns attack on its Herat headquarters

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Kabul: The United Nations in Afghanistan on Friday condemned in the strongest terms the attack on its main compound in Herat in which an Afghan police guard was killed and several others injured.

The main UN compound in the capital of the western Afghan province of Herat was attacked by ‘anti-government elements’ on Friday and at least one security guard was killed, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said.

A gun battle between security forces and Taliban militants followed the attack in the area around the UN compound.

Deborah Lyons, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, condemned the attack, saying, “Our first thoughts are with the family of the officer slain and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured.”

No UN personnel were hurt in the attack, in which entrances were attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire.

“The perpetrators must be identified and brought to account,” said Lyons, who is also head of UNAMA.

Attacks against civilian UN personnel and compounds are prohibited under international law, and may amount to war crimes.

The United Nations in Afghanistan is a civilian entity focused on supporting peace efforts, promoting the rights of all Afghans and providing humanitarian and development assistance, said the statement.

The UN expresses its gratitude to the Afghan Directorate of Protection Services officers who defended the compound from the attackers.

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