U.N. agencies feud in bombing probe

May 12, 2009 at 8:21 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 12 (UPI) -- U.N. agencies have turned against each other, bogging down the investigation of a 2006 Afghanistan bombing, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

After examining hundreds of pages of confidential U.N. documents and interviewing those involved in the incident, the Post said infighting among agencies has hampered the probe of an incident in which a U.N. worker is accused of bombing the Kabul hotel room of a colleague.

The incident, the newspaper said, illustrates the difficulties the United Nations has in keeping tabs on the conduct of its tens of thousands of peacekeepers stationed around the globe.

The Post said Robert Shaw, a former weapons specialist for British intelligence, emerged as the prime suspect in the bombing of the hotel room of U.N. weapons expert Shkelquim Sina, who suffered serious burns in the explosion and barely escaped with his life. A maid had allegedly seen Shaw entering Sina's room several hours before the blast.

But Shaw's employer, the U.N. Development Program, launched its own investigation and determined there was no evidence to suggest Shaw detonated an explosion, accusing the United Nations of rushing to judgment in the case, the newspaper said.

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