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Wabel Abdallah, the IMF’s Resident Representative in Afghanistan, was killed on Friday, January 17. Wabel, 60 years old, died in an attack at a restaurant in Kabul—the first time that the Fund has lost a staff member in this way.

A national of Lebanon, the late IMF staffer spent over 20 years at the Fund, and had been the Resident Representative in Afghanistan for the past five years.

The IMF community mourns Wabel. “This is tragic news, and we at the Fund are all devastated,” said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, adding that “Wabel embodied the true spirit of international public...

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