At least 10 killed in attack on Afghanistan mine-clearing workers
June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The coffin of 10 workers of HALO Trust de-mining organization are seen on the ground at hospital in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Gunmen killed 10 people and wounded 14 others in an attack on the HALO Trust de-mining organization in Afghanistan, an Afghan interior ministry official said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mehrab Ibrahimi)
At least 10 people working to clear mines in northern Afghanistan were killed by gunmen in an attack on Tuesday, according to international demining organization Halo Trust.
Kabul, AfghanistanAt least 10 people working to clear mines in northern Afghanistan were killed by gunmen in an attack on Tuesday, according to international demining organization Halo Trust.
The insurgents, fighting to overthrow Afghanistan's foreign-backed government, denied involvement in the attack on the camp in the northern province of Baghlan, where fighting has been heavy in recent weeks.
The Halo Trust, the largest demining organization in Afghanistan, said in a statement that 16 people were wounded when the unidentified gunmen attacked the camp.
There were 110 workers at the camp at the time of the attack, it said.
An official in the area said most of the surviving workers fled to nearby villages after the attack and police were working to help them.
The Taliban often attack demining workers because their work frequently helps to defuse roadside bombs the insurgents have planted, government officials say.
The Taliban are fighting government troops in 26 out of 34 provinces, and the insurgents have recently captured more than 10 districts, government officials say.
Aid workers, particularly women, are facing increased attacks and harassment as they go about their work," Dujarric said.