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Charity suspends work in Afghanistan after five staff are killed

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7453.1398 (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1398
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The medical aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has suspended activities in Afghanistan after five staff working for its Dutch branch were killed in one of the worst attacks on humanitarian workers since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

    A Norwegian doctor, Egil Tynaes, died along with Dutch logistics expert Willem Kwint, Belgian project coordinator Hélène de Beir, their Afghan translator, Fasil Ahmad, and their driver, Besmillah.

    Their vehicle was apparently hit by gunfire and grenades on a road near Khairkhana in the northwestern province of Badghis last week.

    Dr Egil Tynaes, aged 62, was a senior …

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