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UN mission in Afghanistan attacked, one officer killed

19:49, 30 July 2021
UN mission in Afghanistan attacked, one officer killed Photo: REUTERS

The assault took place in the capital of Herat province.


On Friday the main UN disposition unit in the city of Herat was attacked by anti-government partisans. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident yet.

UN officials have said that Taliban forces invaded the city a couple of hours before the strike. Several skirmishes had occurred before the UN mission’s headquarters were attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire.

The UN announced that it was working on building the complete picture of the event. Its representatives state that they did not notice who attacked the unit. All diplomats and other officials in the region are on alert.

 “This attack against the United Nations is deplorable and we condemn it in the strongest terms.”

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said that none of its workers were injured. However, one police officer has been killed, many other guards injured.

The assault occurs right after the appearance of a report on a rising number of civilian casualties in the region.

Herat is the second provincial capital the Taliban have recently invaded. The radicals penetrated the capital of the southern province of Helmand a day earlier, clashes in the city have not finished yet. Civilians rushed to flee the city.

After the announcement of US troops’ withdrawal, the Taliban have started advancing in the area. The group has earlier claimed that it possessed 85% of the country’s territory and the Afghan-Tajik border, the Afghan officials called information a lie.