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Agency Halts Afghan Work After 5 Killings

A Nobel Prize-winning relief agency halted its long-established operations in Afghanistan on Thursday after five staff members were killed in the deadliest attack on foreign aid workers since the fall of the Taliban. Wednesday’s assault in northwestern Badghis province on workers with Medecins Sans Frontieres raised fears that insurgents already disrupting development efforts in Afghanistan’s south and east are now targeting projects in the north. A purported spokesman for the Taliban claimed responsibility. Attackers using rifles and grenades shredded a four-wheel-drive vehicle painted with the MSF red logo, killing all five people inside: a Norwegian doctor, a Dutch logistician, a Belgian project coordinator, an Afghan driver and an Afghan translator. The attackers disconnected the vehicle’s radio but stole nothing. Full Story

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