Taliban Kills 10 Medics, Including 6 Americans
They were helping in remote Afghan areas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 7, 2010 10:56 AM CDT
Dr Karen Woo of London is among the dead.   (AP Photo/Bridge, Afghanistan, HO)
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(Newser) – Ten members of a medical team, including six Americans, were shot and killed by militants as they were returning from providing eye treatment and other health care in remote villages in northern Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said they killed the foreigners because they were "spying for the Americans" and "preaching Christianity."

The team, made up of doctors, nurses, and logistics personnel, was attacked as it was returning to Kabul after the two-week mission in Nuristan. A German, a Briton, and two Afghans also were killed. Among the dead was team leader Tom Little, an optometrist from Delmar, New York, who has been working in Afghanistan for more than 30 years. Another relief organization, Bridge Afghanistan, said on its website that the group included one of its members, Dr. Karen Woo of London.

 

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