IOM employee among victims of Jalalabad attack

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The UN on Wednesday confirmed that an employee of the International Organisation for Migrationinfo-icon (IOM) was killed in yesterday’s attack on the Department of Refugees and Returnees in Jalalabad.

The worldinfo-icon body expressed its deep sense of revulsion at this senseless attack that claimed the lives of at least 13 civilians.

Among the 20 others injured was another IOM employee, whom the UN wished a speedy and full recovery. It all the injured a swift recovery.

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said: “I condemn this heinous crime which has taken the life of a brave colleague in Jalalabad and left another grievously injured,”

In a statement, he said: “My heart goes out to the families of the victims, and all of us in IOM are thinking of our staff working in difficult conditions across the country...”

He added their colleague’s life was taken while she was working in the noble cause of assisting some of the most vulnerable communities in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The young woman, who was 22, lost her husband in a bombing in Kabul three years ago. She leaves behind a six-year old daughter, now an orphan.

“We mourn the loss of our colleague and, in tribute, commit ourselves to re-double our work to serve Afghanistan and its peoples,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).


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