Gunmen kill seven Pakistani aid workers

From Aid | The Guardian Tue Jan 1 2013, 13:33:00

Shooting of six female aid workers and a male doctor appears to be latest attack by militants on public health teams

Gunmen have killed six Pakistani female aid workers and a male doctor in what appears to be the latest attack by Islamic militants on teams involved in public health campaigns.

Recent days have been violent in the troubled country, with dozens dying in a string of terrorist attacks. Analysts blame many of the strikes on militant groups keen to demonstrate their ability to cause casualties and destruction after the government rejected the Taliban's call for ceasefire negotiations late last month.

"They are signalling to the people that the pain they are suffering is in fact the government's fault because their offer of peace was rejected," said Ejaz Haider, of the Jinnah Institute, a thinktank in the capital, Islamabad. "There is likely to be more violence as they ramp up their campaign in coming weeks."

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

West Africa:   World Bank Increases Aid to Ebola-Hit West Africa (news)
Thomson Reuters Foundation
17 April 2015

The Ebola crisis and the collapse of Sierra Leone's mining industry are devastating the economies of West Africa, the World Bank said on Friday in announcing a major increase in aid. [read more]

Kenya:   Govt Criticised Over Wall Project Along 'Porous' Somali Border (interview)
Deutsche Welle
17 April 2015

Kenya has begun construction of a wall along the long, porous border with neighboring war-torn Somalia. This is the latest in a series of measures Kenya has announced to try to curb al-Shabab ... [read more]

Zimbabwe:   Independence Celebrations Marred By Human Rights Failures (news)
Amnesty International
17 April 2015

The Zimbabwean government is effectively denying many people their human rights by dragging its heels in aligning the country's laws with the constitution adopted two years ago, said Amnesty ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!