Afghanistan

Bomb blasts UN Afghan compound but no injuries

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KABUL, Feb 20 (Reuters) - A crude bomb exploded inside the compound of a United Nations affiliate in northern Afghanistan but there were no casualties, a U.N. spokesman said on Thursday.

U.N. offices and bases of the U.S. led military coalition in Afghanistan have come under repeated attack in recent months, but damage has been minimal.

The blast, at the premises of the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) in Kunduz on Tuesday night, was followed an hour later by another explosion near the local headquarters of the Afghan National Army that also caused no casualties, David Singh told a news briefing.

"It was the first attack on the U.N. in Kunduz," Singh said. The IOM is involved in helping millions of people displaced by 23 years of strife in Afghanistan.

U.S. forces are deployed in the Kunduz region, which borders Tajikistan, to hunt down remnants of Afghanistan's former Taliban regime and the al Qaeda network blamed for the September 11 attacks on the United States.

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