Statement attributable to the spokesman of the UN assistance mission in Afghanistan

This morning at around 1030 a remote-controlled explosive device was detonated in Kandahar City as a UN road convoy was passing. The blast has claimed the lives of an Afghan driver and four Nepalese contractors working with the UN Office for Project Services.

Also this morning an explosion occurred at a school in Herat. According to the reports we have received four children have been killed and four wounded.

Intentional attacks on civilians are a clear violation of international humanitarian law and the UN will be pursuing full accountability for those who are behind this. We grieve for our lost colleagues and for the murdered and wounded children and offer our deep sympathies to their families and loved ones.