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Taliban kills 4 workers from demining group, frees 27 others

By the CNN Wire Staff
An expendable trailer used for clearing land mines and IEDs at Camp Dwyer, July 10, 2011, in Afghanistan.
An expendable trailer used for clearing land mines and IEDs at Camp Dwyer, July 10, 2011, in Afghanistan.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The four worked for an international landmine clearing group
  • The Taliban releases the others with a warning
  • The Taliban tells deminers not to work for any domestic or foreign organization in the future
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Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The Taliban has killed four members of an international landmine clearing agency working in western Afghanistan, an official with the group said Monday.

"The Taliban killed four demining staff of the Demining Agency for Afghanistan, including two team leaders, a paramedic and a section leader," according to Mohammad Dawood Farahi, operation Manager of Demining Agency for Afghanistan.

Thirty-one people working for the non-governmental agency were kidnapped in Farah province Wednesday.

Twenty-seven people were set free, but given a warning.

"The released deminers were warned by the Taliban to not work for any domestic and foreign organization in the future," Farahi said.

Naqibullah Farahi, a spokesman for the governor of Farah province, had earlier confirmed the death of one member of the group.

"The Taliban killed a team leader of the DAFA in Shamalgah village of Farah city on Saturday," he said.

CNN's Matiullah Mati contributed to this report

 
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