Three UN workers killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan

A police officer inspects damage to the UNHCR office in Kandahar

The death of three Afghans working for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) in Afghanistan, shows the risks that aid workers face in the country.

That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday following a suicide attack at the UN premises in the southern city of Kandahar.

Mr. Ban said that a car bomb exploded at the gate of a local non-governmental organization that shares a common wall with the UNHCR compound.

"When the wall collapsed, suicide attackers entered the UN premises. Three UN security guards were killed and two others were wounded. Two security contractors were killed as well. Like others before it, this attack underscores the risks that UN and international aid workers face in Afghanistan."

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The Secretary-General stressed that the UN and international aid workers  in Afghanistan are carrying out humanitarian work to improve the daily lives of the country's people.

UNHCR says it is seeking a fuller understanding of the circumstances of Monday's attack.

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