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Statement attributable to UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the attack on the UN guest house in Kabul

NEW YORK, 28 October 2009 - " UNICEF is outraged at the attack on a UN guesthouse in Kabul which has killed  five UN staff and wounded nine others. We are shocked and saddened at the targeting of UN workers who are in Afghanistan to support the Afghan people. We are also gravely concerned about a UNICEF colleague who was in the guesthouse and is unaccounted for at present.

"UNICEF is working in Afghanistan to assist women and children in urgent need of our support especially in health and education. Attacks like this one set our work back and inflict further damage on an already fragile state.

"UNICEF extends its condolences to the families and friends of the victims."

For further information, please contact:
Patrick McCormick, UNICEF New York,
Tel + 1 212 326 7426
E-mail: pmccormick@unicef.org




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