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SWABI:  Seven NGO workers including six women and a medical technician were shot dead Monday afternoon near Swabi interchange, police said.

Station House Officer of Chota Lahor Police Station, Zulfiqar Khan said that the vehicle carrying the employees of Support With Working Solutions (SWWS) organisation (now known as 'Ujala') was on its way from a centre of the NGO when it was ambushed at Sher Afzal's Banda area near Anbar Interchange in Swabi district.

“Yes I can confirm six women and a man has been killed while  one worker has been injured,” he added.

Police said that the SWWS workers were targeted when they were returning from school and health centre to home as unidentified gunmen, probably riding a motorbike sprayed their vehicle with bullets.

The deceased have been identified as Dr Amjad Ali, Rahila, Shahriyat Bibi, Zahida Bibi, Gul Naz, Hum Sher Bibi, Naela Naz.

The police say that the motives of the attack have not been known yet and they are investigating.

The bodies were shifted to the Shah Mansoor Hospital, Swabi while the injured has been shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar.

The SWWS, with its head office in Karnal Sher Khan Kalley in Swabi, works in health, education and vocational training of women besides working on  maternal and child mortality and reproductive health issues.

Umar, a relative of one of the killed women workers, told Dawn.Com that the attackers stopped the vehicle carrying the staff, asked a child sitting in the car to come down and then opened firing on women, who he said were all lady health workers, working with the NGO.

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Comments (19) Closed

Wajeeh Jan 02, 2013 03:56am
Every day brings some new news to mourn on. Where this counrty is heading and no one cares.
aku Jan 02, 2013 06:45am
Yet another shameful act. I am amazed how indifferent we have become to such tragedies. We are resilient as a nation but we should never become cold blooded.
mUKHTAR Jan 01, 2013 03:01pm
Kill all talibans now!!!.
SAL Jan 01, 2013 07:36pm
Muslim can't kill a Muslim. These people are of the third kind.
Mashman Jan 01, 2013 01:42pm
What madness. People who are rendering service are gunned down. God save Pakistan from these barbarians.
venky Jan 01, 2013 02:03pm
may b acceptin shariah is the only way u pakistanis can get over this tragedies i feel i mean even as an enemy i feel sorry for pakistan and ur people . I kno india has probs but this is really heart rending whats happ in pakistan
uk Jan 01, 2013 02:58pm
Sad as it is. Being an NGO worker for the last 10 years, I have seen worst of the worst in my career in over 20 countries. Pakistan after getting nominated for the oscar of being the most dangerous country for Journalists is now getting itself ready for being the most dangerous for aid workers as well. What a lovely country, who jinxed it and who is going to save it.........
Shayo Jan 01, 2013 03:19pm
From what I read A portion of the Pakistani population sympathizes with the Taliban, hard to imagine.
Sabeel Anwar Jan 01, 2013 03:42pm
Pakistan has gone beyondpoint of no return. Those who did this inhuman act believe that they did this for the sake of Allah / God and that they will be rewarded with Jannah by sending these dehumanized souls to hell. This is what happens when religious fanatism overtakes a persons morality and ethics. Even murder becomes sanctified.
Irfan Jan 01, 2013 07:00pm
Nothing is going to change unless people of Pakistan wake up. There is no leadership because this country is being ruled by thugs. Right now a strong leadership is leader that has courage to wage all out war with enemies of Pakistan.
Raymond Jan 01, 2013 05:15pm
Your government and the military is useless and are essentially there to count money. Very bad future for that country. Look at India, one girl died in Singapore and you have a nationwide outcry. In Pakistan thousands dies and the people are indifferent. What kind of people live there? What kind of military do you have? What kind of government do you have?
Khan Jan 01, 2013 05:30pm
still better than gang raping a young girl to death, welcome to dehli!
Sri1 Jan 01, 2013 05:50pm
Now probably each and every Pakistani has seen the true face of terror. It is really interesting that the beloved Establishment still feels the need to distinguish between "Good" and "Bad" Taliban. Time for appeasement is long gone. If GHQ still is not wide awake to call an all-out war against any kind of religious extremism, fanaticism, intolerance and just eliminate those inhuman vermin, what is the use of having an army?
aks_usa Jan 01, 2013 06:16pm
well government was playing this game in India and Afghanistan for long... now its on our doorsteps
shirin Jan 01, 2013 04:09pm
typical Indian Muslim comment.
shirin Jan 01, 2013 04:11pm
average sunni needs to speak out against intolerance that has long been part of them. I didn't say extremism. I said intolerance.
Altaf Hussain, Mumbai Jan 01, 2013 01:29pm
Welcome to Pakistan - 2013
Siva Jan 01, 2013 04:31pm
All deceased RIP.......someone save Pakistan
raja Jan 01, 2013 04:47pm
In recent days the activities of Taliban has risen to alarming levels, its time for military to act less it will be too late to crush these evil monsters. The precise approach should be to block their movement, cripple all logistic suppirt including coming from Afghanistan and their supporters in religious parties and than eliminate them for good.They are not invincible, I have no doubt about it. If General Kayani can,t do it we better find a new COAS to do the job.Pakistan Zindabad