Four people working for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have been confirmed dead after what local police are describing as a suicide bomb attack at the offices of WFP in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The attack took place at 12:15 local time. A number of injured – some of whom are in a critical condition – are being treated in hospital.
“I wish to express my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of those dedicated WFP staff members who were killed or injured in this terrible attack,” said WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran. “All of the victims were humanitarian heroes working on the frontlines of hunger in a country where WFP food assistance is providing a lifeline to millions. This is a tragedy – not just for WFP – but for the whole humanitarian community and for the hungry.”
Those who died in the attack have been named as:
Mr. Botan Ahmed Ali, (Iraqi) Information and Communication Technology Officer
Mr. Abid Rehman, (Pakistani) Senior Finance Assistant
Ms. Gulrukh Tahir, (Pakistani) Receptionist
Ms. Farzana Barkat, (Pakistani) Office Assistant
WFP is providing vital food assistance to as many as 10 million people across Pakistan, including emergency relief to as many as 2 million Pakistani civilians who were displaced by conflict in the Swat Valley region earlier this year. WFP also supports school meal programmes and targets food assistance at vulnerable groups of people across the country.