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Bangladeshi aid worker shot dead in Afghanistan

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13 Sep 2007, 1706 hrs IST,

AFP

MAZAR-I-SHARIF: A Bangladeshi aid worker was shot dead by unknown gunmen while travelling through remote northeastern Afghanistan on a motorbike, police and his organisation said on Thursday.

The man was working on a microfinance project in the rugged, underdeveloped province of Badakshan and had gone to a remote village with a colleague to collect a loan when he was attacked, the provincial police commander said.

Two gunmen opened fire on them as they approached the village on Wednesday, commander Aqa Noor Kendoz said. The Bangladeshi was killed and his Afghan colleague was wounded.

The attackers were arrested and claimed to be robbers, Kendoz said. He cast doubt on the claim however, saying the pair had made no attempt to steal anything.

The police chief suggested the attackers may be linked to the insurgent Taliban movement, which targets any one helping to support the new Western-backed Afghan government.

The Taliban did no claim responsibility. The victim as employed by the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) as an area project manager, an official with the organisation told AFP, refusing to give his name.

He was the first foreign national with BRAC to be killed in Afghanistan although some of the group’s Afghan employees had been targeted,he said, confirming the police version of the incident.

BRAC has been in Afghanistan since 2002 and works on development projects, including building schools, roads and clinics. Its microfinance programme in Afghanistan work largely with poor and disadvantaged women.

via The Times of India

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Written by afghandevnews

September 13, 2007 at 1:18 am

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