facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Halo mine removal team ambushed in Afghanistan; 6 dead, 3 taken hostage

Six Halo Trust mine clearance workers were killed and three colleagues abducted while en route to a de-mining site in Herat province, Afghanistan on Thursday. No one has yet claimed responsibility.
By JC Finley   |   July 10, 2014 at 4:10 PM   |   Comments

http://cdnph.upi.com/sv/em/upi/UPI-1381405020704/2014/1/b014cd93b9fcd46f5ee17255e64c09c5/Halo-mine-removal-team-ambushed-in-Afghanistan-6-dead-3-taken-hostage.jpg
KABUL, Afghanistan, July 10 (UPI) -- Members of a de-mining team in Afghanistan were ambushed by armed gunmen on Thursday in Afghanistan. Six people were killed and three others abducted.

The attack occurred in the Kohsan district of Herat province as the Halo Trust de-mining team was en route to a mine removal site, police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi reported.

Halo Trust has been conducting "humanitarian mineclearance" in Afghanistan since 1988, according to the company's website.

"Between 1988 and 2013, HALO Afghanistan destroyed over 766,908 mines (225,908 emplaced mines and 541,000 stockpiled mines), 10+ million items of large calibre ammunition and 45.6+ million bullets."

The Halo Afghanistan team employs more than 3,000 local workers with two resident international staff.

Thursday's attack on the Halo mine clearance workers coincides with the recent suspension of Halo Trust's founder and chief executive officer, Guy Willoughby.

A spokesman for Halo earlier commented on Willoughby's removal earlier this month, saying: "The board of trustees of the Halo Trust has suspended Guy Willoughby as chief executive following a serious deterioration in relations between him and the board over the governance of the charity."

There was no immediate comment from Halo regarding Thursday's attack on its Afghanistan team.

Follow @OneCuriousWorld and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Six Flags fight leaves boy critically injured, may have been organized on Twitter Six Flags fight leaves boy critically injured, may have been organized on Twitter
2
Body of missing Realtor Beverly Carter found Body of missing Realtor Beverly Carter found
3
One shot in Albemarle High School shooting, shooter in custody One shot in Albemarle High School shooting, shooter in custody
4
Patient admitted to hospital with potential Ebola virus Patient admitted to hospital with potential Ebola virus
5
$900,000 Porsche Spyder catches fire at gas station $900,000 Porsche Spyder catches fire at gas station
Trending News
x
Feedback