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Refugee Agency Deeply Shocked At Doctor's Murder

Afghanistan: UN Refugee Agency Deeply Shocked At ‘Cowardly’ Murder Of Doctors

New York, Oct 13 2005 11:00AM

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed deep shock over the brutal killing in Afghanistan of five local members of a mobile medical team which worked closely with it, the latest of dozens of humanitarian workers killed in the strife-torn country since 2002.

“We are outraged by this cowardly attack on our courageous humanitarian partners and friends who gave their lives helping others,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres said yesterday.

The workers for Afghan Help Development Services (AHDS) were slain yesterday in the Kandahar area of southern Afghanistan when two insurgents riding a motorbike opened fire and threw a hand grenade at their vehicle. The vehicle was carrying eight AHDS staff. Five were killed and three others were wounded, including a nurse who lost her husband in the attack.

Two of the dead were doctors, on their way to Talo Qan camp for displaced people in the Panjway district of Kandahar.

More than 45 humanitarian workers - Afghans and internationals - have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002.

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