Aid group to continue work in Afghanistan despite losing 10 workers

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The director of International Assistance Mission (IAM) on Monday said that his organization will continue to work in the militancy-plagued Afghanistan despite that 10 of its workers were killed brutally on Friday in the country's northeastern Badakhshan province.

"As things stand right now, the IAM is not thinking of withdrawal from Afghanistan," Drik R. Frans told a press conference here.

"Our NGO (Non Governmental Organization) has worked here for well over four decades, and we remember that there were times when security was much worse than it is now," he said in his speech to newsmen.

Police in Badakhshan's remote Kuran-o-Munjan district found 10 bullet-ridden bodies of IAM workers last Friday.

A day later, on Saturday the Taliban hard-liner, in talks with media, claimed responsibility for the killings, accusing them of preaching Christianity and spying for NATO-led troops stationed in Afghanistan, a claim rejected by the IAM as groundless, saying they medicated and served the poor Afghans.

Frans also stressed that the victims including six Americans, a German and a Briton, all were volunteers and served the Afghan people.

He also confirmed that two Afghans were also among the victims.

The aid agency, IAM, according to the official, has been working in Afghanistan since 1966 and has 550 employees including 50 expatriates.

Source: Xinhua


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