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Taliban assassinate Christian relief worker, world yawns

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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 21, 2008 12:48 PM

Evil reigns in Afghanistan.

Apathy reigns everywhere else.

It reminds me of how the world shrugged at the South Korean Christian hostage ordeal.

Ho-hum:

A BRITISH aid worker gunned down in Kabul yesterday was murdered because she was a Christian, the Taleban claim.

Gayle Williams, 34, was shot at close range by two men on a motorbike, in a residential district of the Afghan capital popular with missionaries.

Eyewitnesses said she collapsed in a pool of blood, after the men fired six shots from a pistol, hitting her in the chest and legs.

Daolad Khan, who was working on a building site directly opposite the murder scene, said: “They raced up the street and stopped in front of the lady. They took out a gun and shot her on the spot. Then they rode off.”

Security officials said it was the first time an international aid worker had been killed inside Kabul since 2001.

The Taleban said they carried out the attack on the grounds that Ms Williams was trying to convert people to Christianity. “This woman came to Afghanistan to teach Christianity to the people of Afghanistan,” militant spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said. “Our (leaders] issued a decree to kill this woman.”

Williams was working for a British-based Christian charity called Serve Afghanistan. Staff there insisted she had never tried to convert others.

Rina van der Ende, a spokeswoman for Serve in Kabul, said: “They are here to do NGO aid work. It’s not the case that they preach, not at all.”

Mike Lyth, the London-based chairman of Serve Afghanistan, said he had lost a “close personal friend” who had devoted her life to helping others.

He said: “She was working with disabled children: blind children, deaf children and children hurt and maimed by the fighting.”

Colleagues last night paid tribute to a “selfless” woman dedicated to her work. A message on the charity’s website read: “Gayle was not a woman who thought of herself. Her time and energy were always spent on behalf of others.”

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