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Christian agency not leaving Afghanistan

ICC Note: IAM will remain in country, Director cites robbers for deaths of 10 Christians, not Taliban

8/9/10 Afghanistan (UCAN) – The Christian agency that employed 10 medical workers murdered in northern Afghanistan last week says it has no intention of pulling out of the country.

Dirk Frans, executive director of the International Assistance Mission, told the BBC it would be “almost unimaginable” for the group, which has worked in Afghanistan since 1966, to give up.

The dead – six Americans, a German, a Briton and two Afghans – were holding eye-care clinics in the province of Badakshan when they were killed. The Taliban and another militant group, Hezb-e-Islami, claimed responsibility.

The Taliban said the dead were spies and Christian missioners who were carrying Bibles translated into the local language, Dari.

But, speaking from Kabul, Frans told BBC radio the area’s police chief had said they were killed during a robbery. “Nothing of value was left on the bodies – passports, mobile phones, satellite phones – nothing,” he said.

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