The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the assassination of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s electoral campaign workers in western Herat province of Afghanistan.
UNAMA following a statement, said, “The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the killing of the two members of the election campaign team of one of the presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. They were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Herat city on Saturday night.”
The statement further added, “The Special Representative sends his deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those who lost their lives in this criminal act.”
“The attack came at a critical moment for Afghanistan on the eve of the election campaign as the country prepares for the presidential and provincial polling in April. This coward action constitutes a violent intimidation of electoral candidates and their supporters, and cannot be tolerated,” the statement added.
Ján Kubiš urged the relevant security institutions of Afghanistan to take necessary measures to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.
He also called upon the Afghan security forces to be on heightened vigilance over the coming weeks leading to the elections.
Fazel Sancharaki, a spokesman for Dr. Abdullah’s electoral campaign team, said that the head of Dr. Abdullah’s campaign team in Herat province was gunned down along with another team member by unknown gunmen.
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is one of the 11 candidates for the upcoming presidential elections.
No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident. This was the second attack on presidential candidates in western Herat province of Afghanistan.
The former Afghan water and energy minister, Ismail Khan, who is expected to run for the upcoming presidential elections as first vice-president of Ustad Abd-ur-Rab Rasool Sayyaf, also escaped a suicide attack in Herat province on January 24.
I condemn this terror attack. it shows that there are some groups to ban Abdullah “Abdullah” successes. either by Government plan or politician groups. where they keep Afghanistan like these 12 years [Corruptions, Jobless, Lawless, and other problems in Society].