WFP suspends aid in northwestern Afghanistan after attack

An armed guard travels with a previous WFP food consignment.
(Masoud Popalzai/IRIN)

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has temporarily suspended food aid deliveries to parts of Badghis Province, northwestern Afghanistan, after an attack on a convoy of commercial trucks contracted by WFP on 30 January.



“We believe that eight trucks were destroyed and one truck was damaged. The other 19 trucks in the convoy were undamaged,” Challiss McDonough, WFP’s information officer in Kabul, told IRIN.



One truck driver was injured in the incident and another, along with his truck, was unaccounted for, she said.



WFP, which feeds over six million vulnerable people in the country, again called on the warring parties to allow safe passage for food aid.



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