6 NGO workers gunned down in Faryab
The Agency for TechnicalCooperation and Development (ACTED) staffers were gunned down six kilometres from Maimana, the provincial capital, the Faryab police chief said.
Brig. Gen. Nabi Jan Miakhel told Pajhwok Afghan News that police were looking into the incident. He said details of the shooting were still being gathered.
But Lutfullah, the ACTED head for Almar district , the NGO employees were killed by unidentified gunmen in Qushkam area on their way from Maimana to Almar. Another worker was wounded in the legs and head area.
Syed Sirajuddin, who was wounded in the attack, told Pajhwok that four masked gunmen stopped their car before firing at them, killing six of his colleagues and wounding him.
Mohammad Sadiq Laulashi, the deputy chief of the provincial council , blamed the Taliban for killing the ACTED staffers, who were serving the poor people of the province. The victims were residents of Faryab, he said.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Maimana residents gathered in front of the main provincial hospital in protest against the shooting. They accused the government of failing to provide security to humanitarian workers and demanded the immediate arrest of the attackers.
No one has so far claimed responsibility for the killing of ACTED employees. The Paris-headquartered relief agency has been active in Faryab in areas of reconstruction, agriculture, education and vocational training.
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