Aid Workers Killed in Afghanistan

Published: June 3, 2015

Aid Workers Killed in Afghanistan, Seven aid workers and two security guards were shot dead at a Europe-based group’s field office in a remote region of Afghanistan early Tuesday, officials said.

The victims were all Afghan nationals employed by non-governmental organization People in Need, the Prague-based non-profit said in a statement.

Unidentified gunmen stormed the site in the Zare district of northern Balkh province at around 1 a.m. They fatally shot two personnel guarding the compound before entering and killing the aid workers, a provincial government official and the Afghan Ministry of Interior told NBC News.

The victims were eight men and one woman, People in Need spokesman Tomas Urban said. The woman and one of the men were husband and wife, according to provincial government spokesman Ahmad Moneer Farhad.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Last night, our office in Zare in northern Afghanistan was attacked and nine of our national colleagues were killed

-People in Need (@people_in_need) June 2, 2015
People in Need announced the news “with deep sorrow” and expressed its “deepest condolences to the families of our colleagues.” It said in a statement that the attack was “unprecedented in its brutality.”


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