Joshua Partlow and Javed Hamdard
Washington Post
August 7, 2010

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KABUL — An attack on a caravan of American and European medical personnel in a remote area of northern Afghanistan has killed 10 people, officials said on Saturday.

Afghan officials said the group of doctors, traveling through northern provinces to provide medical care, were found shot to death and robbed of their belongings on Friday in Badakshan, a relatively peaceful mountain province which has nevertheless suffered from deteriorating security and a growing Taliban insurgency in recent years.

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The group, which included foreigners and Afghans, appeared to be the same one that was working with the International Assistance Mission, an organization that has operated in Afghanistan since 1966. The organization confirmed in a statement that “it is likely” the dead are members of their eye camp team, which had been in Nurestan province at the invitation of the communities there.

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