The Halo Trust, the largest demining organization in Afghanistan, said in a statement that 16 people were wounded when the unidentified gunmen attacked the camp. Había 110 workers at the camp at the time of the attack, decía.
After decades of conflict, Afghanistan is strewn with mines and unexploded ordnance and agencies have been working to clear them in the years since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.
An official in the area said most of the surviving workers fled to nearby villages after the attack and police were working to help them.
A Taliban spokesman denied involvement in the killings. But a senior government official in the capital Kabul dismissed that, diciendo, “This was clearly execution by the Taliban.”
The Taliban often attack demining workers because their work frequently helps to defuse roadside bombs the insurgents have planted
, government officials say
Violence has increased across Afghanistan since the United States announced plans in April to pull out all of its troops by September
The Taliban are fighting government troops in 26 fuera de 34 provinces, and the insurgents have recently captured more than 10 districts, government officials say.
“The United Nations is committed to staying and delivering in Afghanistan. Aid workers, particularly women, are facing increased attacks and harassment as they go about their work,” Dujarric said.
“Parties to the conflict in Afghanistan are strongly urged to protect civilians, aid workers, and civilian infrastructure, including schools and hospitals, in compliance with international humanitarian law,” él dijo.
In another incident, an Afghan army helicopter crashed in Wardak province, to the west of Kabul, El miércoles, killing three crew members on board, the defense ministry said.
The Taliban said its fighters had shot the helicopter down but the ministry said the helicopter was trying to make an emergency landing after developing a technical problem when it crashed.