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UN condemns ‘horrendous attack’ on demining partners in Afghanistan

International Desk, Rtv
|  13 Jun 2021, 14:46
UN condemns ‘horrendous attack’ on demining partners in Afghanistan
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The United Nations has strongly condemned the deadly attack in northern Afghanistan against the HALO Trust. They called for an investigation on this matter. HALO Trust is a humanitarian group that is currently working in Afghanistan to rid of its landmines.

The reaction was expressed right after ten people were killed, and 16 left injured when gunmen burst into a demining camp in Baghlan-e-Markazi district and opened fire. Confirming the numbers, HALO Trust said, masked gunmen opened fire when some 110 men were resting in the camp after finishing their work on nearby minefields, on Tuesday, around 9:50 local time.  

In a statement, UN Security Council addressed the attack as "atrocious and cowardly", emphasizing the need to hold all the perpetrators to account.

Strongly condemning the attack, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, the HALO Trust is a global partner in operations to clear landmines and other explosive devices. 

“We send heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased, and we wish for a speedy and full recovery to the injured”, he said, during his latest media briefing in New York. 

“We further call for a full investigation to ensure that those responsible for this horrendous attack are held accountable and brought to justice ," he further added.

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, reverberated the call for an investigation. 

In a statement, he said, “It is repugnant that an organization that works to clear landmines and other explosives and better the lives of vulnerable people could be targeted”. 

Since 1989, more than 40,000 Afghans have been killed by landmines and other explosive remnants of war, according to data from the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS).  Last year it helped the country to clear some 14 square kilometers of land. 

Source: UN News 

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