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Christian Aid Worker Murdered by Taliban

John on October 20, 2008 at 8:23 am

From the Daily Mail:

Two men rode up to Gayle Williams, 34, on a motorcycle and one opened fire at close range, hitting her seven times in the head and legs.

Ms Williams, from London, had been walking to work in an affluent suburb of the capital Kabul and was said to have died before the police reached the scene.

The attack was seen by children going to school.

She had only recently arrived in the city having fled Kandahar in the south after threats of violence against foreigners and would have been varying her route to work as a precaution.

Ms Williams was a volunteer with the British-registered-Christian charity Serve Afghanistan, which works with the disabled.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying on its website: ‘Our people carried out this attack. The reason that we killed her was because she was spreading Christianity.’

Mike Lyth, chairman of Serve Afghanistan’s board, rejected this, saying: ‘They will make any excuse. They probably saw there was a Christian organisation operating in Kabul and thought, ‘This is how we can kill it’.

‘We are Christians  -  that is what gives us the motivation to go into a dangerous and difficult country to try to help. But she was not involved in proselytisation. We have a policy of not preaching Christianity.’

Rina Vamberende, a spokeswoman for SERVE in Kabul, said the group is a Christian organization ‘but they are definitely not expressing this on purpose. They are here to do NGO (aid) work.’

‘It’s not the case that they preach, not at all,’ she said.

They don’t need to preach. They witness. That’s what set these killers off.

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