The police said today that the Taliban insurgents killed 10 local workers who worked in a demining company in northern Afghanistan.
According to the police, the Taliban attacked an Afghan workers camp in Baghlan Province on Tuesday night, and the conflict between the two parties has become more intense in recent weeks.
After the United States announced in April that it would withdraw its troops before 9/11, violent incidents across Afghanistan increased significantly. Government officials stated that the Taliban are fighting government forces in 26 of the 34 provinces.
Provincial police spokesman Javad Basharat explained that these workers are employees of the Halo Trust, Afghanistan’s largest demining agency.
“The Taliban dragged them into a room and opened fire on them with a machine gun,” Basharat said, adding that in addition to 10 people were killed, 14 workers were injured.
After decades of war, Afghanistan is full of landmines and unexploded ordnance. Since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001, various agencies have been working hard to clear landmines.