UN mission condemns attack on female Afghan senator and family

8 August 2013

The United Nations has condemned the attack on Wednesday which led to the wounding of Afghan Senator Rouh Gul Khairzad and various members of her family, as well the death of her eight-year-old daughter and her driver.

Ms. Khairzad and her family were reportedly ambushed on the main highway in the province of Ghazni, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement.

They were heading to her home province of Nimroz in the country's south to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

“We condemn this attack in itself, but what makes it worse is that it took place on the eve of Eid al-Fitr, a time of peace and goodwill,” said the Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and acting head of UNAMA, Nicholas Haysom.

UNAMA extended its condolences for those killed in the attack and wished a speedy recovery for Ms. Khairzad and her surviving family members.

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