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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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New York, 10 June 2009 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the terrorist attack in Peshawar, Pakistan

As more information emerges about yesterday's terrorist attack on the Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshawar, Pakistan, the Secretary-General is further dismayed by the news that the confirmed death toll is rising and includes two UN staff members – Mr. Aleksandar Vorkapic of UNHCR [Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees] and Ms. Perseveranda So of UNICEF [The United Nations Children's Fund]. Four UN colleagues – two from WFP [World Food Programme], one from WHO [World Health Organization] and one from UNICEF - were injured. A number of Pakistani nationals supporting UN programmes were also killed and injured. The search for casualties is continuing.

The Secretary-General reiterates his strong condemnation of this brutal act of terror against innocent people, many of whom were in Peshawar to carry out humanitarian work.

The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes those injured a speedy recovery.

Statements on 10 June 2009