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. chris

    if you need to go to war just do it.. its not like anybody can stop you now

    April 1, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. kay

    You can't blame the pastor, even though his actions were wrong. Terrorists are a very violent group of people who don't need a real reason to kill other than their own irrational hatred. If they destroyed a bible should christians kill some of them in retaliation?

    April 1, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    @Joe B b ob and illusion: if this is true, that moron should be prosecuted! Whether one believes the Koran or not, it is blatant disrespect to burn a book that millions deem holy. If a Muslim burned the Bible, there would be repercussions indeed. Shame on this "Christian!"

    April 1, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • IllusionOfSanity

      I agree. Although legal, the act was certainly provocative, disrespectful and he must have known people would be hurt or killed as a result which isn't Christian in my mind.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Yakobi.

      So, in other words, you believe the terrorists should dictate our actions. What's next? What if they threaten more killings of innocents if you continue to eat pork? Should we prosecute you for provoking them? Next time, think a little harder before you post.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. greg

    Its a free world. Maybe non muslims should burn mosques every time a christian is killed in the name of allah

    April 1, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    Sure we can blame the pastor. His actions have a direct consequence of what happened in Afghanistan. He knew he was playing with fire when he did it. And you can bet your sweet bippy that some Christians can a do kill in the name of the Bible. Not going to list examples here, though, because it's not the proper forum to do it in.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rolloff deBunk

    ah yes the religion of peace strikes out again

    April 1, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Edizon

      The brave troops of WW II did not have cmarea crews following them all over the place. And in WW II the cmarea crews supported the troops and the war and did not go out of their way to embarrass the troops or make them look bad. Today the networks are a bunch of flaming liberals who will do whatever it takes to improve their ratings and further their cut and run agenda.Perhaps you should ask why are new reporters of today such jerks and not professionals like they were in WW Two.

      March 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    @Pierced: LMAO!

    April 1, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. terry

    If I recall correctly the Florida pastor ended up backing away from his threat to burn Korans after he got his 15 minutes of fame. As with the Danish cartoon case it is the rumor of what might have occured rather than what actually happened that incited the violence. People who listen to rabble rousers will do stupid things like kill UN workers and shoot politicians in Arizona.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • IllusionOfSanity

      Different Pastor!

      Also from BBC:

      On 20 March, Pastor Wayne Sapp set light to a copy of the Koran at a church in Florida.

      The burning took place in the presence of Terry Jones, another US pastor who last year drew condemnation over his aborted plan to burn the Koran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

      CNN is definitely light on details

      April 1, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jonas

    Eight people get killed because a retard pastor burns a Koran. I think this Terry Jones should be prosecuted for manslaughter and sentenced by the hardest. World really has no need for the hatred he represents.

    (secularist from finland)

    April 1, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Yakobi.

      And PETA thinks you should be prosecuted for eating meat. Should we let the terrorists' threat of violence dictate what we do? That's exactly what they want.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John Otto

    Every day our people in the military put their lives on the line so that some
    worthless posters here can go about their meaningless existence. I would trade the lives of those 8 who have sacrificed their lives for 8 worthless posters here.

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

    that's right let arrest the pastor. And what send a fruit basket to the terrorists with an apology? News flash they would kill anyway

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

      This sounds more like a mob of people lynching UN personal than a terrorist attack. Not that it makes any difference, just shows what religion can brainwash people to do.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. greg

    Should jody foster be arrested for reagan being shot?

    April 1, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. martha1234

    I'm fed up with news on killings here and there.......why dont we visit a site where it saves Check the site and you will forget all the bad news and will put a smile on your face.:)

    April 1, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. greg

    These people have no tolarance for other ways of life. Much like "liberals" in america.

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

      I assume the people who have no tolerance for other ways of life you're talking about is Terry Jones? Burning a book considered to be sacred to millions of people (and having threatened to do it previously despite warnings from General Petraeus it could ignite violence) sure as heck ain't tolerant.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Artemisios

    This is what happens when the Religion of Peace meets the Religion of Love.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
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