Pakistani flood survivors jostle for relief goods in Thatta, Pakistan on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010. Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis were fleeing floodwaters Friday after the surging River Indus smashed through levees in two places, but many refused to leave the danger zone while others took shelter in an ancient graveyard for Muslim saints. (AP/Pervez Masih)
Suspected Islamic militants have killed three American Christian aid workers who were helping victims of Pakistan’s worst floods in recent memory, a well-informed source in the Pakistani military told BosNewsLife Saturday, August 28.
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The source spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to discuss the exact details surrounding the killings in the country’s volatile north-western Swat valley. He said Pakistan’s military recovered the bodies of the relief workers in Swat valley Wednesday, August 25, shortly after they were kidnapped. The human remains were brought to the United States embassy, he said.
The names of the victims and their organization have not yet been released publicly due to security concerns and “not to create panic” among foreign aid workers, the source added. Additionally, under standard procedures, close relatives were expected to be informed first about the victims’ identities. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad refused to confirm or deny the report, saying it had no more information.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the killings, but the Taliban threatened to attack international relief workers, calling the presence of foreigners in Pakistan “unacceptable.”
More… Military sources who withheld news of the deaths from electronic and print media to avoid panicking other relief workers granted permission to Compass to publish it in limited form.