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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Gunmen Kill 10 Mine-Clearing Workers in Afghanistan

An unidentified armed group killed at least ten people working for a landmine clearance charity on Tuesday in Baghlan, Afghanistan.

Humanitarian mine-clearing organization the HALO Trust confirmed that staff members were killed Tuesday night and 16 others were injured. 

“The HALO Trust can confirm that at 21:50 local time on June 8, ten HALO staff were killed and 16 injured by an unknown armed group at a demining camp in the Baghlan Province of Afghanistan,” in a statement posted on Twitter. 

“The group entered the camp and opened fire. Around 110 men, from local communities in northern Afghanistan, were in the camp having finished their work on nearby minefields,” the organization said. 

The HALO Trust, which has been working in mine-clearing operations in the country since 1988 has condemned the attack and said that they are now attending to the needs of the injured staff. 

“We strongly condemn the attack on our staff, who were carrying out humanitarian work to save lives.”

A spokesperson for the Interior ministry, Tariq Arian said the Taliban was behind the attack but Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid denied responsibility saying “We have normal relations with NGOs, our Mujahidin will never carry out such brutal acts,” on Twitter. 

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