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The United Nations has expressed concern over escalating violence against aid workers in Afghanistan.

In a statement on November 30, Mark Bowden, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Afghanistan, said that the killing of nine aid workers in two incidents in a week "illustrates the growing risks" in the country.

Bowden said that the trend was worrying at a time when Afghanistan is in the midst of a difficult transition because of the impending withdrawal of international forces next year.

Last week six Afghan aid workers were executed by militants in the northern province of Faryab, while three more working for a village development project in the southern province of Uruzgan were killed by a bomb.

The UN has reported 36 deaths, 24 detentions, 46 injuries, and the abduction of 72 aid workers in Afghanistan this year.
Based on reporting by dpa and Reuters