The United Nations office in Herat, Afghanistan, was attacked on Friday. An Afghan policeman was killed in the attack. It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. However, the United Nations and the United States have condemned the attack.
Afghanistan has occupied several districts in Herat province. Clashes broke out between the Taliban and Afghan forces a short distance from the city of Herat on Friday. Locals told the media that many people in the area had to flee their homes due to the clashes.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement that the UN office in Herat was attacked during the clashes. The attack was carried out with rocket-propelled grenades and bullets.
“The attack on the United Nations is tragic,” said Deborah Lions, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. I strongly condemn this attack. Those involved in the attack must be identified and brought under the law.
The UNAMA said the attack was carried out by “anti-government forces”.
They also said that clashes between the Afghan army and the Taliban were taking place in the area where the UN office is located. However, no UN official was injured in Friday’s attack. However, the Taliban said the policeman may have died in the crossfire.
On Twitter, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, “The UN office is very close to where the clashes took place. That policeman may have died in crossfire. The UN office is not under threat at all.
The United States has strongly condemned the incident.
In a statement, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said, “The United Nations is a civilian entity in Afghanistan. They work there with humanitarian and development assistance. ‘