Afghan Taliban kill BRAC officialDiplomatic Correspondent
Talibans killed a Bangladeshi BRAC official in the western province of Ghor in Afghanistan on Thursday, Afghan news agency Pajhwok Afghan News reported on Friday.
The deceased, Mohammad Mohiuddin, 41, was BRAC’s area manager for Ghor, according to a news release of the organisation.
Samiul Haq, another Bangladesh BRAC official, managed to escape the attack carried out just before the dawn on Thursday.
Mohiuddin was killed when five armed Taliban stormed the BRAC staff quarters about 500 metres from an intelligence department guest house in the provincial capital of Chaghcharan.
The police arrested a wounded attacker after the incident, the acting police chief Colonel Murtaza Musleh told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The arrested told the police that five insurgents, involved in the attack, wanted to kidnap the Bangladeshis.
Samiul Haq said that Mohiuddin ‘was killed on the spot but I succeeded in fleeing soon after the assailants entered the building.’
An Afghan worker of the organisation, who was sharing the room with Mohiuddin, has also escaped unhurt, Saimul added.
BRAC brought Mohiuddin’s remains from Ghor to Kabul in a chartered UN areoplane, BRAC Afghanistan’s chief Khondoker Ariful Islam told bdnews24.com.
The body is expected to be flown to Dhaka by Saturday, he said.
Mohiuddin is survived by his wife and two children at Fulbaria in Mymensingh, BRAC said.
Mohiuddin had worked for BRAC for 14 years. He had been working at BRAC in Afghanistan since 2009 and helped many Afghan families improve their lives through his work in community-based livelihood improvement project in Ghor.
BRAC has, however, said that it did ‘not feel that this is a targeted attack on BRAC or its community level development work. The incident needs to be put in perspective given our size and the scope of our work in Afghanistan.’
‘We are closely monitoring developments in Afghanistan with great concern as the overall security situation in the country is increasingly deteriorating. Safeguarding the interests and well-being of the Bangladeshi and Afghan staff deployed in areas where insecurity is rising remains our top priority,’ BRAC added.
Since 2002, BRAC has been working in Afghanistan for 29.8 million poor. With 3,000 staff, including 152 Bangladeshis, the organisation has a direct programme presence in 23 provinces and through partnership with local NGOs in the remaining 11 provinces, including the ones where insecurity has been on the rise in recent times.
In 2009, unidentified assailants set alight a BRAC office in Kohistan 2 district of central Kapisa province, killing one Afghan guard and injuring another, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.
In 2008, a rocket hit the BRAC office in Kohistan 1 district but caused no damage.
In 2007, a BRAC worker was killed by armed men in the third district of the northeastern Badakhshan province and another worker was abducted from Pul-i-Alam, capital of the central Logar province.
In 2005, unnamed gunmen shot dead Nasratullah, an Afghan staff member of BRAC in Parwan province.
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