The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says a female employee of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)was among those killed in yesterday’s attack in Jalalabad city.
The UN mission in Afghanistan in a statement said “It is with profound sadness that the United Nations family in Afghanistan confirms that an employee of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) was killed in yesterday’s attack on the Department of Refugees and Returnees in Jalalabad.”
The statement further added “Our immediate thoughts are with her family and friends.”
UNAMA in its statement also added that the United Nations expresses 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 colleague. The UN wishes him and all the injured a speedy and full recovery.
“Our colleague’s life was taken while she was working in the noble cause of assisting some of the most vulnerable communities in Afghanistan. There is no justification for such acts of terror. She is one of thousands of Afghans who form the backbone of the daily work of the United Nations in the country to help the most in need, supporting development and contributing to the restoration of peace and stability,” UNAMA said.
According to the UN mission in Afghanistan, 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.
UNAMA says the deliberate targeting of civilians and the places where they work, such as the department in Jalalabad, is an appalling crime. The architects of this crime must be brought to justice.