Attacks kill three Westerners, five Afghan childrenA British aid worker, two German soldiers and five Afghan children were killed in Afghanistan Monday in a day of bloodshed that highlights worsening security seven years after the ouster ouster n. 1) the wrongful dispossession (putting out) of a rightful owner or tenant of real property, forcing the party pushed out of the premises to bring a lawsuit to regain possession. of the Taliban.
The Taliban, an extremist Islamic group Noun 1. Islamic Group - a clandestine group of southeast Asian terrorists organized in 1993 and trained by al-Qaeda; supports militant Muslims in Indonesia and the Philippines and has cells in Singapore and Malaysia and Indonesia that was in government between 1996 and 2001, claimed responsibility for the killings which come soon after a security group and the United Nations said attacks were at a high this year.
A 17-year-old meanwhile told how he had survived after he was forced to kneel in a ditch with five other men who were shot dead Friday after being accused by Taliban of being security force recruits.
President Hamid Karzai Hamid Karzai (Persian and Pashto: حامد کرزي) (b. December 24, 1957) is the current President of Afghanistan, since December 7, 2004. He became the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime. condemned the killing of aid worker Gayle Williams, who was shot dead in Kabul, as well as the deaths of the German troops and children in a suicide attack suicide attack suicide n → Selbstmordanschlag m in the north.
In a statement, he said the murder of Williams, 34, who also had South African nationality, was cowardly and unforgivable.
The aid worker was gunned down as she walked to work at SERVE Afghanistan, a British-based Christian charity that helps disabled people.
"Two armed men sitting on a motorbike shot her dead. Some bullets hit her body and some hit her leg and when police got there she was dead," interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .
The attackers had fled and their motive was unknown, he said.
The Taliban, which has carried out similar assassinations in the southern city of Kandahar, said it was responsible.
"We killed her because she was working for an organisation which was preaching Christianity in Afghanistan Afghan Christians are a small group of Christians with Afghan background. Until recently they did not receive much international attention until the arrest of Abdul Rahman for apostasy brought to light this small minority of the Afghanistan population. ," spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP by telephone.
SERVE Afghanistan rejected the charge of preaching. "We have a specific policy against proselytising," said the London-based chairman of the board, Mike Lyth.
Karzai also expressed condolences for the deaths of five Afghan children and two German soldiers killed in a suicide attack in the northern province of Kunduz for which the Taliban claimed responsibility.
Germany has about 3,300 soldiers in a 40-nation NATO-led force helping Afghan forces tackle the Taliban insurgency The Taliban insurgency started shortly after the group's fall from power following the 2001 war in Afghanistan. The Taliban continue to attack Afghan, ISAF and U.S. army troops and many terrorist incidents attributable to them have been registered. .
This year 232 international soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, more than in the whole of 2007, most of them in insurgent INSURGENT. One who is concerned in an insurrection. He differs from a rebel in this, that rebel is always understood in a bad sense, or one who unjustly opposes the constituted authorities; insurgent may be one who justly opposes the tyranny of constituted authorities. bomb attacks.
Attacks in the post-Taliban era are agreed to be at an all-time high this year with the UN special envoy to Afghanistan Kai Eide saying last week that July and August recorded the most incidents since 2002.
A security watchdog, Afghanistan NGO NGO
Noun 1. NGO - an organization that is not part of the local or state or federal government
nongovernmental organization Safety Group, said last week that insurgent attacks on aid workers were at the highest level in six years.
In a hospital in the southern town of Gereshk in Helmand province, meanwhile, an Afghan teenager described how he had hidden wounded among the corpses of five men shot dead by Taliban after they were accused of being police recruits.
The youngster, known as Shukrullah, said he was among about 40 men pulled off a bus travelling through southern Afghanistan last week and split into smaller groups.
"Taliban made us kneel in a ditch and fired at us. Five other people who were with me died and I survived," he told AFP.
Police confirmed they had found five bodies after six others were discovered Sunday in Helmand. They believe around 30 men were killed. The Taliban has claimed to have killed 27.
The United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. condemned the reported Taliban attack on the bus.
"This is a heinous act. It just goes to show that the Taliban are ruthless killers who would do anything they can to stop progress in Afghanistan," State Department deputy spokesman Robert Wood There are have been several people named Robert Wood:
In other incidents, 10 Taliban were reported killed in clashes, one near the town of Lashkar Gah which has come under repeated attack in the past week.
The Helmand government claimed 34 had been killed but the defence ministry said only six bodies were found.