Afghanistan no staff hurt as UN vehicle hijacked by unknown attackers

A United Nations vehicle has been hijacked by unknown armed men in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the world body reported today.David Singh said no staff were hurt in yesterday’s attack on a vehicle belonging to the UN Mine Action Centre en route from Kabul to Kandahar. The vehicle was the third in a UN convoy, and the first to stop when shots were fired by gunmen on the side of the road. “The armed men took the vehicle and drove it some distance before leaving the four staff members in the vehicle on the side of the road unharmed,” Mr. Singh said. “The hijackers then drove the vehicle towards the Pakistani border.”The staff in the other two vehicles which were part of the convoy notified nearby police, who soon arrived at the scene. “The authorities are investigating the incident and until tangible evidence surfaces we cannot say whether one factor or another contributed,” Mr. Singh said.In another development, a two-day conference on justice in Afghanistan opened today in Rome. Addressing the gathering, the senior UN envoy to the country, Lakhdar Brahimi underscored the vital role the judicial system has in Afghan society. He stressed that the rule of law must be extended to areas now controlled by “the rule of gun,” adding that true security will come when every Afghan feels that the law is a refuge there to protect against the arbitrary rule of the strong. read more

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Police still working on clues to catch 2017 prison escapees Hicken

Six months after the July 9, 2017, major Camp Street Prison break and fire, two hardcore prisoners are still on the run.However, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Clifton Hicken told INews earlier today (Tuesday) that the search for the remaining escapees are still on-going, especially along the East Coast and East Bank Demerara areas.“We’re still working on the clues. It’s still a work in progress,” he said during a telephone interview.The wanted men have been identified as Paul Goriah and Cobena Stephens who were implicated in murder cases in the past.Pandemonium broke out at the Camp Street Prison on July 9 when prisoners set the facility on fire, occasioning its destruction with the exception of a brick building in the compound which remained intact and, after renovations, is now housing “hard core” prisoners.In the ensuing confusion, a number of prisoners managed to escape from lawful custody, including convicted murderer Mark Royden Durant, also called “Royden Williams”; Uree Varswyck and Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, among others.That incident also resulted in the death of Prison Officer Odinga Wickham, who was shot by prisoners during the breakout.Following that jailbreak, over 1000 prisoners were displaced.While some were moved to the Mazaruni Prison or granted early release or bail, others remained at the Lusignan penitentiary under straightened circumstances.It was then that another contingent of prisoners escaped.Since these two jailbreaks, all but two prison escapees – Goriah and Stephens – have either been recaptured or killed. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMurder accused among 3 in Lusignan Prison escapeOctober 15, 2018In “Crime”Prison officer killed in Camp Street unrest, conflagration laid to restJuly 25, 2017In “Crime”Intelligence-driven operation ongoing to recapture escapees- HickenSeptember 12, 2017In “Crime” read more

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