RIYADH: The United Nations called for a full investigation into the attack on a non-governmental organization in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan to bring those accountable to justice.
HALO Trust — a humanitarian group working to rid the country of landmines — were attacked on Tuesday. Ten people were killed, and 16 others injured, when gunmen burst into a demining camp in Baghlan-e-Markazi district and opened fire.
Since 1989, more than 40,000 Afghans have been killed by landmines and other explosive remnants of war, according to data from the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS). Last year it helped the country to clear some 14 square kilometres of land.
UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the missing, wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.