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Ghani vehemently condemns NGO workers killing

Ghani vehemently condemns NGO workers killing

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Jun 02, 2015 - 17:00

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday categorically condemned killing of nine employees of People in Need NGO in Zare district of northern Balkh province.

Gunmen in the midnight at around 2:00am forced their way inside the offices of People in Need – the NGO working in agricultureinfo-icon sector--- killing two guards and seven workers, including a woman.

The president condemned the “dastardly act by enemies that killed innocent workers whose jobs were only to help people in need,” said a statement from the Presidential Palace.

Ghani has directed the Ministry of Interior to take stern action against those involved in the gruesome act. The president has also extended condolences to the victims’ families.

In a separate statement, the NGO’s Country Director Ross Hollister said that nine national staff of the People in Need NGO were killed in Zare District of Balkh province by an unknown armed group.

“An investigation is on-going. People in Need has worked in Zare District for more than 10 years, delivering healthinfo-icon, educationinfo-icon and agriculture services,” it added.

Meanwhile, the Resolute Support mission in Kabul also strongly condemned killing of civilians, saying, “On behalf of General Campbell, Headquarters Resolute Support joins President Ashraf Ghani and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon in strongly condemning the attack and expresses its condolences to the families affected by this act of violence. We remain committed to assisting our Afghan partners in achieving sustainable security and stability.”  

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