Several U.N. staff killed in Afghanistan attack
April 1st, 2011
10:45 AM ET

Several U.N. staff killed in Afghanistan attack

Several United Nations staffers were killed in an attack in northern Afghanistan on Friday, authorities said.

The attack happened at the operations center of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in Mazar-e Sharif, said Dan McNorton, a U.N. spokesman. It followed a demonstration, he said.

"The situation is still confusing and we are currently working to ascertain all the facts and take care of all our staff," he said.

A regional police spokesman said eight U.N. staffers were killed.

The United Nations' special representative to Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, was on his way to Mazar-e Sharif to assess the situation, McNorton said.

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  1. Haggis

    Prince Albert?

    April 1, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pierced

      I have the ampalang. Prince Alberts are for light weights.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Christopher Paul Clark

    Why in the name of Ilmater must be these people continue their meaningless terrorism?

    April 1, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Christopher Paul Clark

      Minus the 'be' ...

      April 1, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    Up yours Albert. What are you? The "soundoff" police? Looks like you're the idiot to me.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. mari

    Do you have Prince Albert in a can?
    Better let him out before he suffocates!

    April 1, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Joe B-b-b-b-bob

    People were incited by the burning of a Koran by a "good Christian" pastor. He knew in advance this could happen, did it anyway. He should be prosecuted for inhumane indifference to human life, inciting a terrorist act - something must apply. He has the blood of 8 UN workers on his hands.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gigi

      I totally agree with you, this stupid pastor should be prosecuted, for terrorism now, he just want attention to raised money for his church, he didn’t care about the consequences this might cost to all the US citizens living in foreign countries.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Captaintripz

      The "good christian" pastor did not follow thru with his plans. When you prosecute people for bad ideas they express but do not do, where does it end?

      April 1, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • rynjhnsn

      Definitely not a good thing to burn the Koran. However, I hardly think killing 8 UN staffers (maybe more, different reports are coming out) is equal retribution. We can point fingers at the pastor, although he has the right to do what he wants thanks to our 1st Amendment Rights, but the majority of the finger pointing goes to those that killed others today. Don't forget the pastor didn't kill anyone, the protesters did.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yakobi.

      Yeah, that's a measured response to the burning of a book, murdering people who are only in country to help these impoverished radical muslim terrorists. You people are fools if you think the pastor should be blamed. Blame the people who did the killing.

      Here's a word the muslim world needs to learn:
      TOLERANCE

      April 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • dreamer96

      They should be able to prosecute the pastor under the inciting a riot law, if noting else. He said he would not do this then broke his word.

      April 3, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Albert

    I'm dorry Mark. I just fell so alone in the world.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. IllusionOfSanity

    From the BBC:

    The violence occurred during a protest reported to be over the burning of the Koran in a US church last month

    April 1, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Bradley

    NUKE THEM, THEN IRAQ & LYBIA & UR ALL SET TO RULE THE WORLD U.S

    April 1, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. murrr

    fail troll is fail

    April 1, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. banasy

    Jeez, a little light on details...hopefully more will be forthcoming...

    April 1, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Sun Lao

    Albert, why are you such a jerk, am I missing some perpective? Did someone troll the blog comment? Or are you the troll?

    April 1, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Sam

    This is pretty damn sad.......rest in peace to the 8 people who lost their lives for know reason.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. chris

    why were 8 UN staffers all in one place at one time?? not too mention everything else goin on right now, and this was in afganistan??.. sounds sketch, you need more details in a story like this, names pictures etc. remember the "weapons of mass destruction" case

    April 1, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sam

      they were killed becuase of a burning of a Koran(Quran) last year in the U.S. SMH

      April 1, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      smh.. but this still doesnt make sense tho. who burned the quran?? some random dudes or the 8 who were killed? from the POV of the "enemy" you dont kill 8 UN staff for the work of some random people.. thats suicide. and if it was somehow the 8 staff that were involved then why were they all together again at the same time? AND/OR if it was not intended by the "enemy" that the people who were killed happened to be UN staff (R.I.P.) at least show their picture and tell their story so we know we didnt jump into a war because of 8 ghosts... if you get what im saying there

      April 1, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. edpeters

    Why are we in a country that doesn't fight for itself? They obviously don't have the guts to support freedom, why should others die for them?????

    April 1, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • WT

      Because our political and corporate world want us to be there.

      Freedom does not necessarily mean American-style democracy. Freedom may mean being represented by the likes of Hamas or Al Qaeda, living in small tribal clusters with no real representation, supporting the likes of Gaddafi, etc.... Freedon means may things and applies in many ways. We as Americans would do much better by leading by example vs. attempting to Americanize the planet. If they want to follow, fine. If they don't, fine. Leave them to their own pursuits.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Yakobi.

      You're a dumba$$, WT. The Taliban and al Qaeda don't represent any kind of freedom, no matter how you want to twist it. It's their way or you wind up dead. Oh, and just because you've forgotten why we're in Afghanistan (9/11), doesn't mean the rest of us have.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joel

    The good of the world is slowly fading away due to the contagious evil minds of those power-hungry people...

    April 1, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
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