Female UN employee shot dead in E. Afghanistan
www.chinaview.cn 2008-11-30 17:59:19   Print

    KABUL, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- One Afghan female employee of UN has been killed by unknown gunman in Surkh Rod district of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, said a UN statement released here on Sunday.

    "Belqis Mazloomyar was shot dead in front of elders at a meeting on Nov. 26 of the local shura or elders' meeting at Lower Sheikh Mesri, a temporary settlement for returnees," the statement said.

    Mazloomyar, a contract worker for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), was a cherished colleague, and was well-known for her activism in support of her community, in particular on women's causes, the statement quoted Kai Eide, special representative of UN secretary-general for Afghanistan, assaying.

    "The United Nations family, as well as human rights partners and NGOs in Afghanistan stand together in condemning her murder and in calling for a thorough investigation," it said.

    No group or individuals have yet to claim responsibility for the killing.

    Spiraling conflicts and Taliban-linked insurgency have claimed around 5,000 people with over 2,000 civilians so far this year in strife-torn Afghanistan while Taliban insurgents and other anti-government militants have vowed to intensify assaults against interests of Afghan government and international troops before the coming winter.

Editor: Lu Hui
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