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Remember the Fallen

Afghanistan, 1 April 2011

Three UN international staff and four international security guards (from Nepal) died in an attack against the United Nations office in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan on 1 April 2011.

UN flag flying at half mast on 2 April 2011 at UNAMA Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan

The United Nations flag flies at half-mast at the Headquarters
of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in Kabul,
on 2 April 2011.  (UN Photo/Christophe Verhellen)

The seven were slain in Mazar-i-Sharif when a crowd of around 3,000 people protesting against the burning of a Koran in the United States attacked the UN offices in the northern city.

In a statement, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned "in the strongest terms" the "outrageous and cowardly attack". He said "Those who lost their lives in todays attack were dedicated to the cause of peace in Afghanistan and to a better life for all Afghans. These brave men and women were working in the best tradition of the United Nations and gave their lives in the service of humanity."

The Fallen

Joakim Dungel (Sweden)  Human Rights Officer
Dil Prasad Gurung  (Nepal)
 International Security Guard
Filaret Motco (Romania)   
Political Affairs Officer
Chhabi Lal Purja Pun  (Nepal)
 International Security Guard
Lt Col Siri Skare (Norway)  
Military Adviser
Min Bahadur Thapa  (Nepal)
 International Security Guard
Narayan Bahadur Thapa Magar  (Nepal)
 International Security Guard

UN Web Services Section, Department of Public Information, United Nations 2011