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U.S. Army Says Kills Aid Worker's Assassin

The U.S. military said on Wednesday it had killed an Afghan man in a firefight who it believes was responsible for the murder of a Red Cross worker in the south of the country last month. Ricardo Munguia, an El Salvadorean working for the International Committee of the Red Cross, was pulled from his car and shot dead by suspected Taliban militants in the southern province of Kandahar on March 27. The U.S. military said it had conducted a raid on Monday aimed at catching those responsible, adding that the raid had been carried out in coordination with the Afghan government and on the basis of information gathered from Afghans. “Seven persons were captured and the eighth person, believed to be the assassin, was killed after opening fire on U.S. forces,” Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Lefforge told reporters at Bagram air base, the U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, the U.S. military announced it had killed one man and detained seven others in a raid, but did not at that stage give details of who they were or why the raid was carried out. Full Story

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