Afghanistan: UN workers escape injury in Kabul bomb blast

26 December 2003 –

An explosion struck a building housing six United Nations workers in the Afghan capital of Kabul early yesterday, but the UN Assistance Mission to the country (UNAMA) reported that no one was injured.

According to UNAMA, the outer wall of the housing compound in Kabul was damaged by the bomb blast, while windows in the house and neighbouring buildings were shattered. Four of the six UN staff that live in the compound were at home at the time of the explosion.

UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said the cause of the blast was being investigated.

There have been several attacks recently on UN staff working in Afghanistan. Last month Bettina Goislard, a 29-year-old French national working for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), was shot dead in Ghazni.

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