Washington: United Nations has strongly condemned the deadly attack on a humanitarian group working to Afghanistan rid of landmines.
As many as 10 people were killed, and 16 others injured, when gunmen burst into a demining camp in Baghlan-e-Markazi district and opened fire, UNnews reported.
HALO Trust [the humanitarian group] said the attack occurred around 9:50 pm Tuesday, local time, when some 110 men, from local communities in northern Afghanistan, were in the camp after finishing their work on nearby minefields.
“We send heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased, and we wish for a speedy and full recovery to the injured”, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, during his latest media briefing in New York and called for a full investigation to ensure that those responsible for this horrendous attack are held accountable and brought to justice.
The UN has underlined its commitment to staying in the country, where aid workers, particularly women, are facing increased attacks and harassment.
Mr Dujarric said that 11 people were killed, 27 injured and 36 abducted, between January and April of this year. “Our humanitarian colleagues warn that interference with humanitarian activities escalated in 2020, with a 140 per cent increase in incidents compared to 2019. This escalating trend continues in 2021”, he said.
He urged parties to the conflict to protect civilians, aid workers and civilian structures such as schools and hospitals, in line with international humanitarian law.