Posted by: becketfund | October 20, 2008

Afghanistan: Aid Worker Killed by Taliban

KABUL – Two gunmen killed Gayle Williams, an African-British aid worker, on October 20 in the city of Kabul, the Washington Post reported on October 21. Afghan security officials said the incident occurred about 8 a.m., when two men on a motorcycle drove up to the woman as she walked to work and opened fire with automatic weapons. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Muhahi claimed responsibility for the attack told the AP that “[t]his woman came to Afghanistan to teach Christianity to the people of Afghanistan. Our leaders issued a decree to kill this woman.” Serving Emergency Relief and Vocational Enterprises, the charity organization Williams worked for, released a statement, saying “[s]he was a person who always loved the Afghans and was dedicated to serving those who are disabled. Needless to say we are all in shock.” The capital city is now blanketed with police checkpoints. Embassies, military bases and the U.N. are erecting cement barriers to guard against suicide bombings.      

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