KABUL, 24 May 2013 – I strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack centred on a compound of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in central Kabul.
Three IOM staff members were injured, one seriously. A staff member from the International Labour Organization was also injured. All are now receiving medical attention.
All United Nations staff members in the capital have been accounted for.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility, alleging that their target was a “military rest house.”
The situation is reported to be under the control of Afghan security forces. The mopping-up operation continues, with sporadic arms fire still being heard.
I am in touch with the leadership of IOM, a UN-affiliated organization.
I extend my sympathies to all those harmed in the attack and their families. I recognise with gratitude the quick actions of UN security personnel, including Gurkha guards provided by the firm IDG Security, and Afghan security forces.
Initial information indicates that one police officer was killed in action. I express my condolences to his family and my sympathies to all IDG Security personnel, Afghan police and security forces injured while bravely responding to this terrorist attack.