UN Condemns Attack Against Its Herat Compound

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KABUL: The United Nations in Afghanistan condemned in the strongest terms the Friday attack on its main compound in Herat province that resulted in the loss of life of an Afghan police guard and injuries some others.

The attack targeting entrance gate of the UN facility was carried out by Anti-Government Elements, displaying the insurgency group’s lack of respect for abiding by regulations, a statement from the UN said. 

“This attack against the United Nations is deplorable, and we condemn it in the strongest terms,” said Deborah Lyons, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, adding, “Our first thoughts are with the family of the slain officer, and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured.”

No UN personnel were hurt in the incident according to the statement. The entrance gate of the UN facility was reportedly hit with rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire on Friday.

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

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.

The UN thanked Afghan protection forces who defended the compound from the attackers.

This comes as Afghan forces repelled Taliban militants who conducted mass attacks in Herat city and Guzra and Anjil districts of the province.

Last week, the defense minister told media that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF)were conducting offensive operations, aiming to take back the recently fallen districts to the Taliban.