United Nations has urged Afghan government to investigate the killing of its staffer in southern Kandahar province and bring to justice the perpetrators.

UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that he is deeply troubled and saddened over the killing of a staff member in Kandahar.

Toorpikai Ulfat was shot dead by unknown gunmen during daylight in Kandahar city on Monday.

Ban Ki-moon has extended his deepest condolences to the family of Ulfat, “a much valued colleague, staunch human rights defender and friend to many in the United Nations and across Afghanistan.”

In a statement released by his spokesman, local authorities are urged “to undertake a rigorous and prompt investigation into the circumstances and motives behind this killing and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Meanwhile, UN Special Representative in Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom has said that they will work with Afghan government to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“The motive behind this murder is to be determined, but the Mission will do all it can together with local authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice,” assured Mr. Haysom. “UNAMA is angered by this senseless killing and our thoughts are with the family of Ms. Ulfat.”

Ulfat was working with UNAMA from the past five years.