Kabul. On Friday, 17 January 2014, a Danish EUPOL civilian staff member along with a British member of the close protection team who was working with EUPOL Afghanistan, were killed in Kabul following an attack at a restaurant.

Karl Åke Roghe, EUPOL Afghanistan Head of Mission, said: “I am shocked and appalled by what has happened and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are very much with the family and friends of those involved. EUPOL has been in Afghanistan since 2007.  This is the first time the Mission has experienced a fatality with the brutal killing of two of our colleagues. We are saddened and outraged by this atrocity and by the inhuman, vicious and wanton nature of the attack, in which many other internationals and Afghans have also tragically lost their lives.”

The women and men of EUPOL Afghanistan have chosen to leave their families and countries to serve the EU and Afghanistan in order to try to help make this country a better place. The courage, commitment, and idealism they bring to their task are unsurpassed, and to attack such brave and impressive individuals is an unspeakable outrage.

For now, we have provided all of the information that is currently available to us. We will prepare updates as more becomes known. Visit our website at www.eupol-afg.eu for the most up-to-date information.

Please read also HR Lady Ashton's statement on the attack here:

http://www.eeas.europa.eu/statements/docs/2014/140118_01_en.pdf