Halo didn’t attribute blame for the attack, saying solely that an “unknown armed group” carried it out on their camp. Afghan officers blamed it on Taliban insurgents.
The insurgents, combating to overthrow Afghanistan’s foreign-backed authorities, denied involvement in the attack on the camp in the northern province of Baghlan, the place combating has been heavy in latest weeks.
“The Taliban brought them into one room and opened fire on them,” provincial police spokesman Jawed Basharat stated.
The United Nations known as for a full investigation to “ensure that those responsible for this horrendous attack are held accountable and brought to justice,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric instructed reporters in New York.
The Halo Trust, the biggest demining group in Afghanistan, stated in an announcement that 16 individuals had been wounded when the unidentified gunmen attacked the camp. There had been 110 workers on the camp on the time of the attack, it stated.
After a long time of battle, Afghanistan is strewn with mines and unexploded ordnance and companies have been working to clear them in the years because the Taliban had been ousted in 2001.
An official in the realm stated many of the surviving workers fled to close by villages after the attack and police had been working to assist them.
A Taliban spokesman denied involvement in the killings. But a senior authorities official in the capital Kabul dismissed that, saying, “This was clearly execution by the Taliban.”
The Taliban are combating authorities troops in 26 out of 34 provinces, and the insurgents have just lately captured greater than 10 districts, authorities officers 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 stated.
“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,” he stated.
In one other incident, an Afghan military helicopter crashed in Wardak province, to the west of Kabul, on Wednesday, killing three crew members on board, the protection ministry stated.
The Taliban stated its fighters had shot the helicopter down however the ministry stated the helicopter was attempting to make an emergency touchdown after creating a technical drawback when it crashed.