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4 Afghan Mine-Removal Workers Shot Dead

Four Afghans working to remove land mines were shot dead by suspected Taliban or Al Qaeda assailants pursuing them in a car in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said. The attack is the latest in a series that have killed at least 20 foreign and Afghan aid workers since last March, in what local and international officials say is a campaign to scare away foreign aid and undermine the government. The governor of Farar Province, where the incident occurred, said he was sure the killings were the work of Taliban or Al Qaeda because the assailants did not take the mine-removal workers’ money or belongings. “We think these were remnants of Taliban and Al Qaeda,” the governor, Abdul Hai Neamati, said by telephone. “In Farar it is the second attack by the enemy.” He called the attack on these workers “cowardly.” Full Story

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