Three foreign female Afghan aid workers killed

Suspected Taliban insurgents killed three women international aid workers and their Afghan driver in an ambush in Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said.

It was the bloodiest single attack on foreign aid workers in recent years in Afghanistan. Rising violence has already forced aid agencies to restrict humanitarian work at a time when drought and high prices are putting more people under pressure. "They were traveling in a car towards Kabul," said Abdullah Wardak, the governor of Logar province south of Kabul where the incident took place. "Three foreign women employees of IRC (International Rescue Committee) and their local driver were killed in this ambush by the opposition forces," he stated. "I do not know the identity of the foreigners." The US-based IRC's work in Afghanistan focuses on providing returning refugees with shelter, water and sanitation, and developing the health care system. Kabul Reuters