Bomb explodes near UNHCR office

    Façade of a UNHCR office. A bomb exploded near the U.N. agency’s office in Peshawar, Pakistan. Photo by: Michael Renner / CC BY-NC-SA

    A car filled with explosives rammed into a U.S. vehicle heading to an area in Pakistan hosting several foreign aid organizations, including the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. The U.N. agency said, however, that all of its staff members and vehicles are “safe.”

    UNHCR Pakistan made the announcement via Twitter. This comes after reports the blast occurred near the U.N. agency’s office in the city of Peshawar. Initial reports said two were killed and 19 were injured in the attack Monday (Sept. 3), but local authorities could not confirm their identities at the moment, according to The Associated Press.

    The U.S. embassy in Pakistan, meanwhile, said two U.S. personnel and two Pakistani staff members of the consulate were injured and currently receiving medical treatment. “No U.S. Consulate personnel were killed,” the embassy said in a statement. “But we are seeking further information about other victims of this heinous act.”

    It is still unclear who is behind the attack, but the area is located near Pakistan’s semiautonomous tribal region, a sanctuary of Taliban and al-Qaida militants, according to AP.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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