UNHCR statement on today's attacks in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan
At around 6am today, an organized attack in Kandahar involving suicide bombers and gunmen resulted in the deaths of three UNHCR employees at our compound and the wounding of two other staff members.
UNHCR has been working in Afghanistan since the 1980s, and over this period we have facilitated the return of millions of refugees and assisted other forcibly displaced persons inside Afghanistan. We are seeking a fuller understanding of the circumstances of today's attack, nevertheless the fact remains that people working for us have been wounded and killed and the functioning of our Kandahar office seriously disrupted.
"This is a tragedy for UNHCR and for the families of the dead and wounded. It also underscores the great risks for humanitarian workers in Afghanistan," said High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. "I am hugely saddened. All of us at UNHCR stand in solidarity with the families of those who have died or been injured."
- Mohammad Nader Farhad ([email protected]) +93 700 279 231