Gunman Hitched Ride With Doomed Medics

Militants 'had a plan,' lone survivor says
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2010 8:22 AM CDT
Gunman Hitched Ride With Doomed Medics
Six American civilian volunteers who were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 are shown. From top left, Dan Terry, Cheryl Beckett, Glen Lapp, from bottom left, Brian Carderelli, Thomas Grams, and Tom Little.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The doomed team of medics stopped to pick up three hitchhikers in the unforgiving Afghanistan terrain. When they came to a river, two jumped off the four-wheel-drive vehicles and went on their way, while the third, a man with a patchy beard, "quickly disappeared." The team crossed the river; minutes later, all lay dead at the hands of militants who joined the hitchhiker, save one—the Afghan driver who gives his continued account of the group's last moments to the AP.

"They had made a plan," says the driver, Safiullah. "It was a very organized group. They had leadership. They were well-organized. They were militants. If it's 100 years later and I see them, I'll know them." (Read more Afghanistan war stories.)

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