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18 January 2014

UNODC Executive Director condemns "senseless and cowardly" attack on civilians in Kabul restaurant

VIENNA, 18 January (UN Information Service) - The following is a statement from the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, following the 17th January attack on a busy Restaurant in Kabul.

"I strongly condemn this senseless and cowardly attack on innocent civilians, some of whom were fellow UN staff members. I offer my sincerest condolences to the injured and to  the families, friends and colleagues of all those who have tragically lost their lives. "

According to reports, at least 16 people have been confirmed dead, including 4 international UN staff, However, there are indications of a greater death toll with  more than 20 people dead, and many others seriously injured.

For further information, please contact:

David Dadge
Spokesperson, UNODC
Phone: (+43 1) 26060-5629
Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-5629
Email: david.dadge[at]