UNITED NATIONS — Afghan diplomats assaulted members of a visiting group of anti-government rebels at the United Nations today in an unsuccessful effort to block a news conference.
Mansoor Suhail, press attache of Pakistan's U.N. Mission, said three Afghan diplomats he recognized and a fourth man with them attacked two visiting rebels as they stepped off an escalator on the third floor of U.N. headquarters.
"They just pounced on them and began punching and shoving," said Suhail, who was accompanying the two members of the anti-government Islamic Union of Afghanistan Mujahedeen.
The visitors retreated to the fourth floor. When they returned and tried to reach the clubroom of the U.N. Correspondents' Assn., they were again met by the representatives of the pro-Soviet government in Kabul.