There has been an explosion at the offices of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The explosion took place in the early afternoon local time. Three WFP staff members have been confirmed dead and several others have been injured - two are described as being in a critical condition.
“This is a terrible tragedy for WFP, and for the whole humanitarian community in Pakistan,” said WFP Deputy Executive Director, Amir Abdulla, speaking from WFP headquarters in Rome. “Our deepest condolences go to the family, friends and colleagues of those who died or were injured in this incident. These were people working to assist the poor and the vulnerable on the frontlines of hunger in Pakistan.”
As part of an emergency relief programme, WFP has been providing vital food assistance to as many as 2 million Pakistani civilians displaced by conflict in the Swat Valley region. In recent months, many of the displaced have started returning to their home villages.
WFP also supports school meal programmes and targets food assistance at vulnerable groups of people across the country.