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UN Says Al-Qaeda Threat Forced Office Closure In Pakistan


http://gdb.rferl.org/da6fb294-f788-40fa-9b63-681124218882_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/da6fb294-f788-40fa-9b63-681124218882_mw800_mh600.jpg (RFE/RL) 17 January 2006 -- The United Nations says it has closed its offices in southwestern Pakistan for 48 hours after receiving a threatening phone call that mentioned Al-Qaeda.


Jan Vandemoortele, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Pakistan, said the phone call was received on 16 January by the UN High Commission for Refugees office in Quetta.


Vandemoortele said that Al-Qaeda was mentioned twice in the phone call and officials considered it "a credible threat."


He said the UN closed all offices in the southwestern province of Baluchistan on 16-17 January.


(AP, AFP)

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