9 June 2004
AMSTERDAM — Authorities in the Afghan province Badghis have arrested 10 suspects following the murder of five aid workers attached to Doctors without Borders. One of the murder victims was a Dutch national.
The arrests were confirmed by Governor Azizullah Afzali on Wednesday: “We have arrested 10 suspects. The investigation is in full swing, the suspects are presently in jail in Qala-e Naw and are being questioned by police officers”.
The arrests were carried out on Tuesday not far from the location where the aid workers were ambushed. Afzali said two of the suspects come from Herat, newspaper De Volkskrant reported.
Five aid workers with international humanitarian aid group Doctors without Borders (Artsen zonder Grenzen or AzG in Dutch) were killed a week ago in the north-west of Afghanistan. Among the casualties was a 39-year-old Dutch national.
The former rulers of Afghanistan, the Taleban, have claimed responsibility for the ambush, but the claim has not been independently verified.
Doctors without Borders — known internationally as Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) — announced after the deaths of its personnel that it is suspending almost all relief work in Afghanistan while it investigates the murders.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news