Taliban Execute 10 Medical Aid Workers Providing Care For The Poor
August 7, 2010
(ChattahBox) – The Taliban, who hide among the locals and protest so greatly when civilians are killed, were quick to claim responsibility for the murder of 10 medical personnel, including six Americans, in northern Afghanistan on Thursday. The victims, believed to be part of the International Assistance Mission, who were on an expedition to bring eye care and other medical services to remote areas, were found shot to death and stripped of their belongings, suggesting a possible robbery, in a mountainous area of Badakhshan Province, according to the provincial police chief, Aka Noor Kentoz.
Led by an American ophthalmologist who had been working with Afghanistan for 40 years, the team was in a mountainous region of Badakhshan province trying to provide medical attention to the poor people in the remote area. According to local authorities, a band of red-bearded gunmen (it is common in Afghanistan for older men to dye their beards with henna), took the group hostage after it stopped for lunch, marched it to a secluded area, and shot them, with AK-47 rifles. “Yesterday (Friday) at around 8am, one of our patrols confronted a group of foreigners. They were Christian missionaries and we killed them all,” said Zabihullah Mujahed, a spokesman for the Taliban. The team (rest in peace) had been reportedly in Nuristan at the invitation of communities there, and after having completed their medical work, the team was returning to Kabul, when they were ambushed.