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10 Mine Cleaning Workers Killed in Afghanistan After “Heinous” Attack

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  • Ten mine clearing workers were killed and sixteen wounded in Afghanistan after masked gunmen claiming to be a part of The Islamic State attacked the British-American sponsored charity, HALO-Trust. 
  • The attack took place on Tuesday evening in Baghlan, entering at around 9:50PM Local time, open firing on the 110 men working as volunteers after asking which among them were apart of the Hazara Muslim group. All those killed were Afghan citizens. 
  • The organization has been operating for over 10 years, pledging to dismantle explosives over Afghanistan which are the cause of thousands of deaths and injuries, and has reportedly made 80 percent of dangerous areas safe.  
  • This organization is one of many subject to an onslaught of attacks by the Islamic State targeting the minority Hazara group, as just last month a Hazara dominant school was targeted and over 80 people were killed.
  • Vice President Amrullah Saleh originally blamed the Taliban for wanting to “steal money and unexploded devices” which the group later denied. 
  • There has reportedly been an almost 30 percent increase in civilian casualties as the United States forces continue to pull out of Afghanistan following President Joe Biden’s statement earlier this year as Taliban and government fighting heightens. 
  • The United Nations deputy Ramiz Alakbrov operating in Afghanistan called the attack a “heinous” crime and joined the ongoing call of strengthening civilian protection in the country. 

Sources

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/9/gunmen-kill-10-mine-clearing-workers-in-northern-afghanistan

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/10-killed-heinous-attack-mine-clearing-charity-afghanistan-n1270087

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/world/asia/afghanistan-land-mines-halo-trust.html

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