Taliban kills 10 medical workers in Afghanistan

Aid workers had been providing medical care in Nuristan

Taliban fighters killed 10 aid workers, including six Americans, in an attack on a medical convoy in northern Afghanistan. Their bodies were recovered Friday in a remote, forested area of the country. According to an Afghan survivor of the attack, the medical team was returning from a 15-day trek through Panjsher, Nuristan and Badakhshan when they stopped for dinner. They were then approached by insurgents, who robbed and eventually killed them. A Taliban spokesperson, whose group claimed responsibility for the attack, alternately accused the team of wanting to “spread the Christian religion in Karan wa Manjan” and of being “spies.” The victims are reported to have been members of The International Assistance Mission, a Christian group that was providing eye care in communities in Nuristan.


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