British woman doctor among 10 shot in Afghanistan: group

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A Briton who was among eight foreign medical aid workers shot dead in Afghanistan was a 36-year-old female doctor, an organisation she had been working with said Saturday.

Dr Karen Woo is believed to have been part of a group which had been delivering aid and medical care in the northeastern province of Badakhshan.

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. Two Afghans were also killed in the attack.

Firuz Rahimi of Bridge Afghanistan paid tribute to her in an interview with BBC television, saying: "She was full of dedication and a very kind person... she loved the country, she loved the people".

He also confirmed the death on Bridge Afghanistan's blog, saying: "We have just heard the terrible news from Afghanistan.

"Unfortunately, Karen was part of the group that were killed whilst delivering aid and medical care in Nuristan".

Woo had earlier written on the blog that she would be acting as the team doctor and running mother and child clinics.

She added: "The expedition will require a lot of physical and mental resolve and will not be without risk but ultimately, I believe that the provision of medical treatment is of fundamental importance and that the effort is worth it in order to assist those that need it most."

Britain's Foreign Office said they could not confirm that Woo was among the dead.

© 2010 AFP

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