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Aid worker killed in Afghanistan
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Suspected Taleban militants have shot dead an Afghan aid worker in a mosque in southern Afghanistan, officials say.

The victim was shot in the head inside the mosque in Lashkargah by two men travelling on a motorbike, Helmand's deputy governor said.

The dead man, identified as Mirwais, had worked as an engineer for a Bangladeshi aid group.

No group has said it carried out the attack but officials have blamed the Taleban for such killings in the past.

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Increased violence in southern and eastern parts of Afghanistan has made it difficult for aid organisations to operate in those areas.

Insurgency-related violence left more than 1,400 people dead in Afghanistan in 2005 - the country's bloodiest year since US-led forces ousted the Taleban in late 2001.


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