April 26th, 2010
11:17 AM ET

U.N. keeps Kandahar staffers home after 'threats'

KABUL, Afghanistan — Unspecified "threats" have forced the United Nations in Afghanistan's second biggest city to order its local staff to stay home until further notice.

The order involves more than 200 Afghan employees in Kandahar. Several foreign staffers have been moved to the capital, Kabul.

The action follows what a U.N. source said were "threats against the U.N. operation in Kandahar."

In recent months, violence in the city has escalated, with numerous bombings and assassinations of officials. The uptick comes as U.S. and NATO forces continue operations against the Taliban in Kandahar and surrounding districts.

U.N. spokeswoman Susan Manuel said the order to staff was due to "a combination of what's been happening in Kandahar lately, as well as information about potential threats to U.N. facilities and staff."

"The result of a security assessment was that it was important to make this move," she said.

A U.N. source later said the assessment came after "specific chatter" about possible attacks.

It's the first time U.N. staff have been moved or ordered to stay home since a deadly attack on a U.N. guesthouse in Kabul in November last year.

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  1. Michelle

    I think that all the troops in Afganistan are doing a wonderful job. Educating all people will help eliminate these horrid crimes against innocent people in different countries. I hope that our President includes these ideas in the support plan he has quoted for the military budget and new vision.

    April 26, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jon

    they are just giving into the treat which make the taliban win, were our troops, they need to take charge and wipe them out. This is war, there are no rules in war, screw casulties, just do a clean sweep and sort them out later. all they have to do is pull our troops back and use a special bomb to level the place that will for sure get these terrorist. Sure it will be bad at first but once their wiped out they can't cause anymore trouble.

    April 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chuckster

    This is the last attempt of a desperate people to survive. The Taliban are getting their butts kicked and are now lashing out at everyone like a poisonous snake with its head cut off. Don't stop, finish those pigs off!!

    April 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |