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Rebels Target Aid Workers in Afghanistan

The five crouching gunmen shattered the windows and punctured the tires of Mohammad Saddiq’s mine-clearing agency vehicle with a hail of gunfire as it crossed a dry riverbed in southern Afghanistan. The gunfire left the 38-year-old medic writhing in pain with three bullet wounds in his right shoulder. The Afghan driver was also hit and the car rolled to a dusty halt. “The gunmen came running over and asked us one question,” Saddiq said of the attackers. “They asked, ‘Are there any foreigners with you?'” Aid workers in Afghanistan say rebels are increasingly targeting them in an effort to undermine the U.S.-backed government and undermine post-war reconstruction. “There’s been a very, very big deterioration in security countrywide, especially for aid workers,” said Rafael Robillard of ACBAR, an umbrella group of 86 aid agencies in Kabul. “Aid workers are being specifically targeted by people trying to destabilize the government, which is very dependent on aid. We’re easy targets. It’s a serious problem,” he said. Full Story

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