Thursday 17 August 2017

Female UN worker shot dead by gunmen on motorbike

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said he was 'deeply troubled' by the killing of Olfat, who was a 'much valued colleague, staunch human rights defender and friend to many in the United Nations and across Afghanistan'
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said he was 'deeply troubled' by the killing of Olfat, who was a 'much valued colleague, staunch human rights defender and friend to many in the United Nations and across Afghanistan'

A female UN worker was shot and killed on Monday while travelling to work in the city of Kandahar, an Afghan official said.

Toorpakai Olfat, an Afghan national, was killed by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle after she left her home, said Samim Akhpolwak, spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan confirmed Olfat's death in a statement and said authorities were investigating.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said he was "deeply troubled" by the killing of Olfat, who was a "much valued colleague, staunch human rights defender and friend to many in the United Nations and across Afghanistan."

The UN chief called for "a rigorous and prompt investigation" into the killing.

On Monday, NATO announced the nationalities of five service members killed when their helicopter crashed a day earlier while landing at the headquarters of Resolute Support Mission, which is training Afghan security forces, in Kabul. A witness told The Associated Press that the helicopter appeared to strike a monitoring balloon.

The crash killed two British service members, two American service members and a French civilian contractor, NATO said in a statement.

Five others were injured. NATO did not release the victims' identities, saying it left that to the relevant national authorities.

"We're deeply saddened by the loss of our teammates," Brig Gen Wilson A Shoffner, Resolute Support's deputy chief of staff for communications, was quoted as saying in a statement.

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected in this tragic incident and we pray for the full recovery of those injured."

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