UN closes all offices in Pakistan after blast
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    ISLAMABAD, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Monday temporarily closed all its offices in Pakistan after a suicide attack at the office of the World Food Program (WFP) in Islamabad, the UN chief in the country said.

    The bomber detonated his bomb in the lobby of the WFP headquarters and killed an Iraqi and two local woman employees, a UN statement said.

    "In light of this incident all UN offices in Pakistan have been closed till further notice," UN Pakistan Resident Coordinator Fikret Akcura said.

    Akcura condemned the attack and expressed deep sorry at the loss of lives and injuries of the World Food Program colleagues.

    "This tragic and reprehensible attack is particularly deplorable given the fact that the UN staff have worked tirelessly to feed the impoverished and displaced persons in Pakistan," said Akcura.

    "There is no possible justification for this shocking crime against humanitarian workers here only to help the people of Pakistan," he said.

    "We urge Pakistani authorities to place their full attention on arresting the perpetrators who planned and implemented this horrendous act of terrorism," he added.

    The World Food Program has been feeding up to two million beneficiaries, displaced by conflict since May 2009, the UN country head said.

    The UN statement said WFP also provides monthly food rations to some 100,000 people. It has a staff of around 500 international and national personnel. WFP has been providing food assistance to many poor families who face increasing prices due to the ongoing food crisis.

Suicide attack at UN office kills 3 in Islamabad

A United Nations employee speaks on the phone outside his office after a suicide blast in Islamabad October 5, 2009.  (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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    ISLAMABAD, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- A senior Islamabad police officer said that a suicide bomber struck the office of the UN World Food Program (WFP) in the Pakistani capital on Monday and killed three persons including an Iraqi.

    Deputy Inspector General Operations, Bin Yamin, told reporters that the police have recovered the head, two legs and parts of skull of the bomber.   Full story

Minister: Islamabad suicide bomber was in police uniform

    ISLAMABAD, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Monday that the suicide bomber, who struck the UN's World Food Program (WFP) office in Islamabad, was wearing police uniform.

    The bomber exploded his bomb at the reception of the WFP office and killed an Iraqi employee and two Pakistani female employees, according to police at the scene.   Full story

UN chief condemns attack at WFP office in Islamabad

    GENEVA, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned in the strongest terms the attack at the office of the UN food agency in Islamabad.

    "I condemn in the strongest terms the attack at the Office of the World Food Program (WFP) in Islamabad. This is a terrible tragedy for the UN and for the whole humanitarian community in Pakistan," Ban said in a statement issued in Geneva.   Full story

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