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Filipina Killed in Afghanistan Elections

Philippine News/AFP, Posted: Oct 29, 2009

MANILA - A Filipina election worker was among five United Nations workers killed in a Taliban suicide attack in Afghanistan's capital, Manila's foreign affairs department said Thursday. The woman was identified as 40-year-old Jossie Esto, an election training coordinator with the UN Volunteers Program, the department said in a statement. Esto is the fourth UN staff member from the Philippines killed while serving in strife-torn countries in recent years, according to the foreign department.

Taliban gunmen stormed a guesthouse where Esto and other UN staff were staying in Kabul Wednesday, spraying the hotel with gunfire and detonating grenades before killing themselves. At least eight people were killed, five of them UN staff, authorities in Afghanistan said. A former school teacher who had also worked as an election officer in Manila prior to joining the UN, Esto had previously served in Liberia, East Timor and Nepal. She leaves behind a husband and two teenage children.

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