Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Three UN staff killed in Kabul shootout: UN

KABUL — Three UN staff members were killed in a shootout at a guesthouse in central Kabul on Wednesday, a UN spokesman said.

"We can confirm that three UN staff have been killed," said Aleem Siddique, UN spokesman in Kabul.

The deaths came after gunmen stormed a guesthouse approved by the United Nations near Kabul's busy Butcher Street shopping district around 5:30 am (0100 GMT) well before the start of the working day.

Police and other Afghan officials said at least one of the attackers was killed, possibly after detonating an explosives-packed vest, and several police officers were wounded.

At least two foreigners were seen being taken from the guesthouse with what appeared to be gunshot wounds, witnesses said.

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