GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Three staff members died and two others were injured when a suicide bomb went off at the UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) head office in Kandahar, Afghanistan about 08:00 Monday morning 31 October.The Geneva-based agency says the functioning of its office in Kandahar has been seriously disrupted.
The agency has “facilitated the return of millions of refugees” since it began working in the country in 1980, it says.
“‘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,” says 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.”
The UNHCR was still trying to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the attack, it said Monday afternoon.