The assault started at 9.50 p.m. native time, when a bunch of armed males entered a HALO camp within the northern Baghlan province “and went bed-to-bed murdering members of The HALO Belief,” the charity’s CEO James Cowan advised CNN.
Round 110 males from native communities have been within the camp on the time. Cowan mentioned the gunmen demanded to know which crew members have been from the Shiite Hazara ethnic minority, including that “when our workers refused to call them, the gunmen went from room to room murdering our workers.”
Cowan mentioned that native members of the Taliban — which the Afghan authorities initially blamed for the assault — got here to the rescue in the course of the assault.
“The native Taliban got here to our rescue and chased the assailants away,” Cowan mentioned.
The Taliban, which is preventing to overthrow the Afghani authorities, denied involvement within the assault to Reuters.
Cowan mentioned that regardless of the assault — and the anticipated withdrawal of US and NATO troops later this 12 months — the charity’s de-miners “nonetheless have a job to do.”
“We may very well be fearful of what’s taking place in Afghanistan. However we have been there earlier than 9/11. A full decade earlier than. We have been by means of all of the ups and downs of life and dying in Afghanistan. And now because the worldwide neighborhood prepares to depart. We’re going to keep,” he mentioned.
The HALO Belief was based in Afghanistan in 1988 and now operates in 26 nations, together with Angola, the place — in 1997 — Princess Diana famously walked by means of one in every of its minefields.
The United Nations known as for a full investigation to “be sure that these chargeable for this horrendous assault are held accountable and dropped at justice,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric advised reporters in New York, Reuters reviews.
The Halo Belief is the most important demining group within the nation and after a long time of battle, Afghanistan remains to be strewn with mines and unexploded ordnance and businesses have been working to clear them within the years because the Taliban have been ousted in 2001.
The Taliban is preventing authorities troops in 26 out of 34 provinces, and insurgents have lately captured greater than 10 districts, authorities officers say.