U.S. condemns Taliban killing of medical aid workers

August 9, 2010 11:58 am 

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 — The United States on Sunday condemned the Taliban killing of 10 medical aid workers as a " despicable act of wanton violence," saying the acts have shown that the group stands against "a future peace and freedom."

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this senseless act. We also condemn the Taliban's transparent attempt to justify the unjustifiable by making false accusations about their activities in Afghanistan," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a statement.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the killing of 10 medical aid workers, among them were six American citizens. The bodies were discovered by Afghan police in the northern Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, on Friday.

The killing was one of the deadliest attacks on civilian aid workers since the Afghanistan War began in 2001.

The United States is heartbroken by "the loss of these heroic, generous people," said Clinton.

"The murdered medical aid workers, as well as the volunteers from many nations and the international coalition working to establish stability in Afghanistan, represent exactly what the Taliban stands against: a future of peace, freedom, opportunity, and openness, where all Afghans can live and work together in harmony, free from terror," said the secretary. (PNA/Xinhua)

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