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Hunger in the news
8 October 2009

WFP to review security policy after Islamabad blast

The World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday it would review its security policy and redouble efforts to protect its staff in Pakistan after the deadly suicide attack on its Islamabad offices this week. (..) ‘Given this aggressiveness and this new threat, we are taking a range of actions to redouble our security efforts,’ WFP executive director Josette Sheeran told a press conference in Islamabad. (..) She was accompanied by WFP officials Nancy Roman, Kenro Oshidaro and Wolfgang Harbinger.
Dawn (Pakistan)
Hunger in the news
7 October 2009

Investigators clueless about WFP office attack

The team investigating the suicide attack on the World Food Programme (WFP) office, in which five persons were killed, has so far found no clue to the perpetrators of the attack, sources said. (..) The joint investigation team headed by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Binyamin started the investigation after the blast, but so far the team has found no clue to reach the main culprit or mastermind of the attack, said the sources.
Daily Times (Pakistan)
Hunger in the news
7 October 2009

Terrorist attacks cannot shake Pakistan’s determination to eliminate them

President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said terrorist attacks could not shake Pakistan’s determination to chase the extremists and militants to the end.Talking to Executive Director of World Food Program Ms. Josette Sheeran here at the President House, he said “The people of Pakistan are shedding the blood to make the country, the region and the world safe and free from extremists elements.” (..) Ms. Josette Sheeran thanked the President for receiving the delegation at short notice and assured that the WFP would continue its operations in Pakistan and would not be deterred by such attacks.
Associated Press of Pakistan
Hunger in the news
6 October 2009

Pakistan Braces For More Bombings

Pakistan braced Tuesday for more militant attacks ahead of an anticipated offensive against a Taliban stronghold, as the insurgents said they bombed a U.N. relief agency because international aid work was not in "the interest of Muslims." The suicide bombing Monday at the World Food Program headquarters in Islamabad killed five people, prompting the U.N. to temporarily shut all its offices across the country.
The Washington Post
Hunger in the news
6 October 2009

Islamabad Bomb Targets People In Need

Last week in Pakistan I met a receptionist at the World Food Programme in Islamabad. It was brief – I was presenting myself for an appointment, and I do not know if she was Gulrukh Tahir, one of five people killed there today by a suicide bomber.
The Guardian
Hunger in the news
6 October 2009

Pakistan jets 'bomb S Waziristan'

Major-General Athar Abbas said on Tuesday that raids were launched on Makeen and Nawaz Kot to "purge the region" of those responsible for a wave of bomb attacks over the past two years. "According to our analysis, the root of the terror is in South Waziristan where this group is present. It is a must to root out this terror and curse, and for this purpose an operation in this area is inevitable," he said.
Al Jazeera English
Hunger in the news
6 October 2009

Pakistan Braces for Taliban Attacks as It Prepares Offensive

A Taliban spokesman, Azam Tariq, confirmed his group was behind the bombing in a phone conversation with The Associated Press. “We proudly claim the responsibility for the suicide attack at the U.N. office in Islamabad,” he told The A.P. “We will send more bombers for such attacks,” he said, adding that the Taliban would not attack Muslim relief groups. (..) It was the first direct attack against a United Nations agency here in the Pakistani capital, and the organization’s officials quickly moved to close their offices in Pakistan.
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
5 October 2009

More Aid Reaches Laos In Wake Of Ketsana

More emergency aid has reached southern Laos, after Tropical Storm Ketsana claimed at least 24 lives. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) says aid reached the rugged region of Attapeu over the weekend. (..) The head of WFP's Attapeu branch, Caitlin Makin says there'll difficult times over the coming months, for one of Asia's poorest countries.
Australia Network News
Hunger in the news
5 October 2009

Deaths In Pakistan UN Office Blast

Five United Nations staff have been killed in a suicide attack on the UN's World Food Programme offices in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. Amjad Jamal, a spokesman for the World Food Programme (WFP), said that one Iraqi and four Pakistani women working for the WFP died and several others were injured in the explosion on Monday.
Al Jazeera English
Hunger in the news
5 October 2009

Pakistan Bombing "A Heinous Crime" - U.N. Chief

A suicide bomb attack on a World Food Programme (WFP) office in Islamabad that killed five people on Monday was a "heinous crime," United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon said.(..)Josette Sheeran, executive director of WFP which is providing food assistance to some 10 million Pakistanis, 2 million of them displaced by conflict in the country's Swat Valley region, described the four as "humanitarian heroes."
Reuters

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