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Ababeel Group’ being blamed for Oghi attack

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Six Pakistanis died in the attack

By Vidya Rana

ISLAMABAD: Although no group has officially claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s ruthless attack on the World Vision’s office in Oghi town of Mansehra district in which six Pakistani staff members were killed, an official of the local police station told Daily Times that the “Ababeel Group” carried out the attack.

“The situation is quite scary and no one is safe from the brutalities of these people, among them are many foreigners, particularly Arabs”, said the official wishing not to be named.

Six Pakistanis including two women, who were working for an international humanitarian organisation World Vision, were killed on Wednesday when more than a dozen masked men attacked its office headquarters in tehsil Oghi.

All of the World Vision’s operations in Pakistan have been suspended temporarily. The decision on the continuation of its humanitarian operations depends on the situation assessment of the team coming from the Global Centre Office, Cyprus, told a representative of World Vision.

Kehkashan, a female victim of the attack was at the wrong place at the wrong time. She belonged to Abbottabad, was stationed at the Islamabad office and had come to Mansehra for a field trip, unaware that she would never return back home.

“I cannot believe she is no more. She was a passionate worker who was always ready to help and work for the victims of war and natural disasters. I never thought she would become a victim herself,” said her former colleague almost in tears.

Despite repeated efforts by Daily Times, District Police Officer (DPO) Waqaruddin did not respond to phone calls and text messages for an official version on the attack and the alleged involvement of the Ababeel Group.

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March 12, 2010 at 5:46 am

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