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Attack on U.S. aid group in Pakistan kills 6

ISLAMABAD - Suspected militants armed with assault rifles and a homemade bomb attacked the offices of a U.S.-based Christian aid group helping earthquake survivors in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing six Pakistani employees, police and the organization said.

The attack prompted World Vision, an international humanitarian group, to suspend its operations in Pakistan.

The assault took place in Ogi, a small town in Mansehra district where the 2005 Kashmir earthquake killed about 80,000 people and left 3 million people homeless.

Extremists have killed other foreign aid group employees in Pakistan and accused such organizations of working against Islam, hampering efforts to raise living standards in the desperately poor region. Many groups have already scaled down operations or pulled out altogether.

Yesterday's attack may have been prompted by World Vision's religious affiliation. Islamists often target Christian groups, accusing them of trying to convert Muslims. World Vision, founded 60 years ago, is one of the world's best-funded Christian aid organizations. - AP


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