US Aid Worker Shot Dead in Pakistan

Gunman kills man and driver
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 12, 2008 7:34 AM CST
Pakistani police officers escort the ambulance carrying the body US citizen Stephen Vance in a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008.   (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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(Newser) – Gunmen shot and killed an American aid worker as he traveled to work today in northwestern Pakistan, the latest in a spate of attacks on foreigners in the militancy-wracked country. The shooting occurred in University Town, an upscale area of Peshawar where a top US diplomat was attacked just a few months ago, police said.

Police identified the dead American as Stephen Vance, who was involved in US government-funded development projects in the tribal areas next to the border. The gunmen blocked the vehicle in a narrow lane with their own car, then opened fire with automatic weapons, said a Western security official in Peshawar. "It was obviously well-targeted," said the official. Police did not speculate on the identity of the assailants.