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Increased UN security measures in Afghanistan

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Increased UN security measures in Afghanistan


The United Nations plans to boost its security staff in Afghanistan in the wake of the deadly Taliban attack on a UN guesthouse in Kabul.

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said a number of immediate measures are being studied: “We are exploring the feasibility of bringing in additional security units to guard UN facilities and will ask the international community to step up their support.” Ban suggested it was likely both UN and private security would be sent to protect staff in Afghanistan where five United Nations workers were killed by Taliban militants on Wednesday. He described Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan as the most dangerous places on the planet for UN civilian staff. But the UN chief stressed the world organisation would not be deterred from its work in the lead up to Afghanistan’s November 7th run-off presidential election.

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