News - Afghanistan
The Czech Republic's People in Need (PIN) organization has suspended all its activities in Afghanistan after nine of its workers were killed in the northern province of Balkh earlier this week.
Head of the People in Need organization said that Afghanistan is a dangerous country but there would be dire consequences should global aid organizations pull out of the country.
The PIN organization head said that the killing of nine Afghan employees of the aid institution is an unprecedented incident and the perpetrators of these brutal attacks must be punished.
On Monday night a group of unknown gunmen killed nine aid agency workers from the aid agency - among them a woman - in northern Balkh province.
The incident took place in Zare district after a number of insurgents attacked the aid agency's compound, a spokesman for Provincial Governor, Ahmad Muneer Farhad said.
No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile in a statement, President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the killing of the aid workers and called the perpetrators "enemies of progress and development in Afghanistan."
Calling it a "coward act," Ghani has ordered the interior ministry to launch investigations and arrest the perpetrators.
People in Need (PIN) has worked in Afghanistan since 2001. The mission focuses on more than just humanitarian aid, seeking to find long-term solutions to the systemic problems in the sectors of education, livelihoods and rural development. In keeping with the organizational approach, PIN focuses heavily on contact in the field, and on areas that are more remote. Working closely with local investors to develop and implement projects, PIN has achieved a higher level of sustainability.
PIN Afghanistan is the organization's largest mission with numerous offices spread across a number of provinces.