16 July 2009

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

SECRETARY-GENERAL SHOCKED By KILLINGS in attack on pakistan refugee camp


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General was shocked and saddened by today’s killing of a senior national staff member of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Zill-e-Usman, in the Katcha Garhi camp for displaced people near Peshawar, Pakistan.  One camp guard was also killed in the attack.  A United Nations national staff member and a camp guard were injured.

The Secretary-General strongly condemns this brutal attack on humanitarian personnel who are working for the well-being of the Pakistani people.  The United Nations remains committed to continuing humanitarian operations to assist the large number of people in need.  The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the family of the victims and the Government of Pakistan.  

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