Charity 'will not abandon Afghans'

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The Independent Online

A Christian charity said yesterday that it had no plans to leave Afghanistan despite the murders of 10 members of its medical aid team, and repeated that it does not attempt to convert Muslims to Christianity.

The International Assistance Mission's 10 team members – six Americans, two Afghans, one Briton and a German – were gunned down on Thursday after finishing a two-week mission providing medical care to villagers in the remote Nuristan province. The Taliban has claimed responsibility and alleged the group were spies and had tried to convert Muslims.

The IAM released the names of the last two victims: Brian Carderelli of Virginia, who worked for the International School of Kabul, and Daniela Beyer of Germany.

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