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Attackers Kill Seven Aid Workers, Doctor In Pakistan's Swabi District


Swabi is the scene of occasional attacks, like this suicide bomb attack a year ago.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Gunmen have ambushed and shot dead six female aid workers and a male doctor in the Swabi district of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

District police officer Rashid Khan told Radio Mashaal that the victims all worked for the Pakistani charity Ujala (Light) in the village of Sher Afzal Banda.

They were killed at a junction in Swabi district when their vehicle was raked with gunfire as they were returning home from work at a children's community center.

Their driver was seriously wounded in the attack.

Khan said authorities had begun a search operation in the area in an effort to apprehend the perpetrators.

The motive for the shooting in Swabi district, about 75 kilometers northwest of the national capital, Islamabad, was not clear.

Last month, gunmen killed nine health workers taking part in a national polio vaccination drive in attacks that prompted widespread public outrage.

With additional reporting by AFP