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NCA Condemns Attacks on Civilians and Aid Workers in Herat, Paktia Provinces

The National Coalition of Afghanistan condemns, in the strongest terms, two separate ruthless attacks by insurgents in Herat and Paktia provinces, which have tragically resulted in the loss of lives of twelve innocent civilians.

In an attack in Gulran district of Herat province, insurgents once again committed a heinous and inhumane crime, by killing five aid workers belong to the International Rescue Committee, and one additional civilian, all who were courageously working to build a better Afghanistan. In another incident in Paktia province, the insurgents engaged in another barbaric act by indiscriminately killing six civilians. Those that were lost will be remembered for sacrificing their lives for the noble task of bringing development and prosperity to their country.

By conducting such cowardice attacks, the enemies of Afghanistan are illustrating their desperation, as the momentum is not on their side. They will never be able to deter the people’s will and determination in participating in the reconstruction process of their country.

The National Coalition of Afghanistan is deeply saddened by the losses, and conveys its profound and sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims. The NCA also extends its solidarity with the International Rescue Committee, an organization that has been proudly serving in humanitarian, development and education projects in Afghanistan for over two decades.

August 27 – 2013, Kabul, Afghanistan

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