03 Apr '11, 12am

A Russian UN office head survived an attack by an angry Afghan mob by pretending to be Muslim: Envoy

A Russian UN office head survived an attack by an angry Afghan mob by pretending to be Muslim: Envoy

Afghans shout anti-US slogans during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan. The head of the UN office in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif survived an attack by an angry mob by pretending to be Muslim, the UN special representative said. -- PHOTO: AP KABUL - THE head of the UN office in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif survived Friday's deadly attack by pretending to be Muslim, the UN special representative said on Saturday. The unnamed Russian chief 'survived because he claimed to be Muslim - although he was beaten, they let him go,' envoy Staffan de Mistura told reporters in the Afghan capital. Three European employees were killed in the mob violence later claimed by the Taleban - a Swede, a Norwegian and one reported to be Romanian. They had hidden in a secure room along with the Russian, de Mistura said. The Russian 'was separated because when they broke into the bunk...

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