Britain condemns murder of doctor in Afghanistan

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Foreign Secretary William Hague said Sunday the killing of British doctor Karen Woo in Afghanistan was a "deplorable and cowardly act", as he confirmed she had been murdered.

Woo, 36, was among eight foreign medical aid workers shot dead in the northeastern province of Badakhshan.

The bullet-riddled bodies of five American men, and three women -- an American, a German and Woo -- were found on Friday, according to the provincial police chief.

Two Afghans were also killed in the attack and one survived.

"We can confirm the murder of a British female doctor in northern Afghanistan. She was killed with a number of other health aid workers," Hague said in a statement.

"This is a deplorable and cowardly act which is against the interests of the people of Afghanistan who depended on the services she was bravely helping to provide.

"Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this tragic time."

Woo was due to get married in two weeks, British media reported.

She is thought to have quit her job with a private healthcare firm in London so she could work in Afghanistan.

The group was working with the International Assistance Mission but Woo was also involved with Bridge Afghanistan, another aid group.

© 2010 AFP

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