UN pays respect to four UN staff members killed in Afghanistan

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In Kabul, a memorial service was held to pay tribute to four colleagues killed in a terrorist attack on a restaurant in the capital on Friday. Fardin Waezi/UNAMA

The United Nations flag is flying at half-mast on Monday as a mark of respect for the four staff members killed in a bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday.

The UN officials were among the more than 20 people who lost their lives in the attack by a suicide bomber and gunmen in a restaurant in the Afghan capital.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it was another sad moment for the United Nations in which distinguished colleagues were killed in a terrorist attack.

"I extend my deepest condolences to the families of Basra Hassan of the United States, Nasrin Jamal of Pakistan, Kanjar Wabel Abdalah of Lebanon and Vadin Nazarov of Russia and I also wish all the best and speedy recovery for all the wounded people. (23")

The Secretary-General said the "reckless" terrorist attack against civilians was "totally unacceptable" and a violation of international law.

He called for the perpetrators to be held accountable.

He reiterated the United Nations commitment to work for peace and development in Afghanistan.

The United Nations is encouraging all offices to lower their flags in honour of the fallen staff members.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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