4 die in UN’s Pak office blast
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Islamabad: At least four people, including an Iraqi national and two women, were killed and six injured when a suicide bomber disguised as a security officer struck at the UN food agency’s office here, amid Taliban’s warning of launching fresh strikes in Pakistan to avenge US drone attacks against them.
The bomber, who was disguised as paramilitary Frontier Corps personnel, entered the heavily guarded World Food Programme (WFP) office in Sector F-8 after telling a private security guard that he wanted to use the toilet, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters.
Police said the bomber blew himself up in the lobby of the WFP office, situated in the heart of Islamabad.
An Iraqi national and two Pakistani women working for the WFP were among the four people killed in the blast. Malik said six Pakistanis were also injured.
Malik warned that the local Taliban, under pressure due to military operations being conducted in the Swat valley and the tribal areas, could carry out more suicide attacks.
UN OFFICES CLOSED
The United Nations Monday temporarily closed all its offices in Pakistan after a suicide attack at the office of the World Food Program (WFP) in Islamabad, the UN chief in the country said.
The bomber detonated his bomb in the lobby of the WFP headquarters and killed an Iraqi and two local woman employees, a UN statement said.
“In light of this incident all UN offices in Pakistan have been closed till further notice,” UN Pakistan resident coordinator Fikret Akcura said.
Akcura condemned the attack and expressed deep sorry at the loss of lives and injuries of the World Food Program colleagues.
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