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UN Compound attacked in Afghanistan


A United Nations compound in Herat, Afghanistan was attacked Friday with rocket propelled grenades and gunfire, killing an Afghan police guard and wounding other officers, the U.N. said.
“The attack targeting entrances of the clearly marked United Nations facility was carried out by anti-government elements,” a U.N. statement said.
Deborah Lyons, the head of U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, called the attack “deplorable.”
“We condemn it in the strongest terms,” said Lyons, who is also the secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan. “Our first thoughts are with the family of the officer slain and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured.”
The U.N. statement from the secretary-general reiterated that such attacks against its personnel and facilities were “prohibited under international law and may amount to war crimes.” The statement went on to reiterate the “United Nations commitment to support the government and people of Afghanistan in their efforts to achieve peace and stability.”
It was not immediately clear who attacked the compound.

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