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Statement of Tom Koenigs, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Afghanistan on today’s suicide attack in Kandahar province

Kabul, 18 September 2006 - "Today’s suicide attack in Zherai district, Kandahar province can only be described as an atrocity against the people of Afghanistan.

This brutal attack has resulted in four Canadian soldiers being killed and over 25 civilians, mainly children, being wounded or killed, as well as a number of other Canadian and Government military personnel who were delivering food aid to them.

I am appalled at the blatant disregard for human life in which so many children’s lives are being treated with such disregard. I believe that this attack amounts to a serious violation of international humanitarian law. It should be treated as a crime against humanity.

At this difficult time, my thoughts remain with the parents of the injured or dead children and the families of all those who have died today."


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For more information, please contact:

Spokesperson’s Office, UNICEF- Afghanistan, Tel +  0039 0831 24 6121 – 0093 (0) 20 297 6121, spokesperson-unama@un.org




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