World Bulletin / News Desk
Six Afghan workers for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), a French NGO, were killed on Wednesday in Faryab province, an attack blamed on - but not claimed by - Taliban.
"The workers wanted to go to their work field in Almar district, but were targeted," Faryab Police Chief Nabi Jan Malakhail told Anadolu Agency.
He said the staffers had been shot dead in an area located some 5km from Maimanah, the provincial capital.
The police chief added that one of the workers had been injured in the head and knee.
He blamed the attack on the Taliban, accusing the group of gunning the workers down in cold blood.
Local residents, too, blamed the Taliban for Wednesday's attack.
As of the filing of this report, however, there had been no claim of responsibility for the killings.
"All the victims were residents of Faryab province," Maimanah resident Mohamed Mukhtar told AA.
He said the slain workers had simply helped local people and were not part of any group involved in Afghanistan's years-long conflict.
ACTED carries out development, agricultural, educational and vocational training projects in Faryab.
"Hundreds of people have gathered in front of the central hospital to show their anger over the government's security efforts," Mukhtar said.
"If the government cannot even make a secure environment for the workers of humanitarian aid, why are they ruling then?" he asked.
But Police Chief Malakhail insists that the slain NGO workers had failed to coordinate their movements with police, who usually offer protection in such cases.Last Mod: 27 Kasım 2013, 14:07