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

Vienna, 18 January 2014 -  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]