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AAN in the Media

Six Red Cross workers in Afghanistan killed in ambush

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The Guardian, 8 February 2017

Obaid Ali, AAN’s head of office in Kabul, is quoted here as giving background on the possible perpetrator of the killings, a local Uzbek commander:

Qush Tepa, where the attack occurred, is highly contested. The area is largely controlled by Qari Hekmat, an ethnic Uzbek with a long history as a Taliban commander and up to 200 men under his authority, according to Obaid Ali, a researcher with the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

Ali said Hekmat previously had a dispute with the Taliban’s shadow governor in the province over taxation issues, and had recently set a cluster of civilian houses on fire, but he could not confirm claims from Azizi, the governor, that Hekmat had joined Isis.