Vol. 5 Num 479 Fri. September 30, 2005  
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Bangladeshi Brac staff shot near Kabul
His Afghan colleague killed

A Bangladeshi aid worker was shot and wounded and his Afghan colleague killed when they were ambushed outside Afghanistan's capital, the interior ministry said yesterday.

Unidentified attackers opened fire on the men as they were travelling on a motorbike Wednesday in Parwan, which adjoins Kabul, ministry spokesman Yousuf Stanizai told AFP.

It was not clear who had attacked them, he said. The injured, working for Brac, was being treated in a Kabul hospital.

Afghan news agency Pajhwok says the Bangladeshi aid worker was identified as Shaheedullah.

Arif Islam, project manager for the Brac, told AFP that it was unclear who carried out the attack that came a day after a Bangladeshi UN worker was wounded by a roadside bomb in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

Another Bangladeshi national, who worked for the UN, was wounded in a similar ambush at the weekend in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

Earlier the United Nations said it had restricted movements of its staff in Kabul after a suicide bombing killed at least 10 people while Taliban said it had 45 more suicide attackers awaiting orders to strike.

Wednesday's bombing at a military training centre set up by US-led forces to train a new national army was the worst suicide attack in the capital since the Taliban's 2001 overthrow.

The Taliban claimed responsibility and vowed more.

UN spokesman Adrian Edwards said UN staff in the city, who are already under night-time curfew, had been placed on restricted movement as a precaution.

"While we are assessing the situation, is restricted movement on staff," he said.

The security office serving non-governmental organisations has told staff to stay on high alert and advised against unnecessary movement.

In Wednesday's attack in Kabul, a suicide bomber in the uniform of an army lieutenant rammed a motorcycle into a convoy of buses carrying Afghan soldiers in the eastern part of the city, opposite a base of Nato-led peacekeepers.