Statement of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan on Friday’s attack on a UNICEF vehicle near Herat

I am greatly saddened to have learned of yesterday’s attack on a UN Children’s Fund vehicle traveling between Badghis And Heart, which has resulted in the deaths of two colleagues and the serious wounding of a third.

I have been informed this morning that Unisex driver, Sirajuddin Norway, and an Afghan doctor working with a German medical NGO were killed on the spot. A second Unisex staff member, Passim Ansari, was seriously wounded and has been undergoing emergency procedures in Herat. A police escort vehicle was untouched.

We know of no reasons why this attack should have occurred, nor there reason to justify murder and maiming. All United Nations staff here share a common commitment to seeing Afghanistan at peace, and able to rebuild. I will do all that is in my power to ensure that the individuals responsible for this are found and properly brought to account.