IRC, US aid organization hang up operations in Afghanistan

KABUL: (MEP) – A U.S. based aid organization – The International Rescue Committee (IRC) says it will suspend its operations in Afghanistan on temporary basis, after five of its employees were killed by Taliban militants, khaama reported.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) officials on Tuesday confirmed that five of its members were among the 6 abducted individuals, who were taken hostage by militants on August 25.

The officials further added that the five employees of IRC were accompanied by a government official and were killed by militants in Gulran district of western Herat province.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the killing of the 6 civilian aid workers, and said Taliban and their backers wanted Afghanistan “impoverished and underdeveloped forever”.

Provincial governor for western Herat province Fazlullah Wahidi said the local tribal elders had stepped up their efforts to free the abducted aid workers and government employee.

Mr. Wahidi said that the militants shot dead the abducted individuals before the tribal elders manage to hold talks with the captors to plead for a halt to the executions.

Taliban group claimed responsibility behind the killing of the abducted civilians.

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