Kandahar Security Worsens as UN Closes Office

Rising security concerns in Kandahar prompted the U.N. mission in Afghanistan to move some foreign staff on April 27 to the mission's Kabul headquarters, which in 2009 lost five staff to a targeted attack. Above, Ban Ki-moon visits the headquartes several days after the 2009 attack. Photo by: Eric Kanalstein / UN

Several tankers of a fuel depot located near NATO’s base in Kandahar were blown up April 27, killing four people and injuring at least 30 others, Reuters reports. The bombing occurred several hours after the United Nations closed its office in the southern Afghan city, evacuated some of its foreign employees to Kabul and told local staff to stay in their homes, the news agency notes.

Ahmad Wali Karzai, head of the provincial council of Kandahar, slammed the U.N.’s decisions and urged the organization to reconsider its move, CNN reports. The pullout, Karzai said, was unnecessary because the security situation in the city and province is “not that bad.”

Residents of Kandahar also expressed concern over the U.N.’s decision, Reuters says. The move suggests that there is no longer security in the city, the news agency quotes a local shopkeeper as saying.

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