6 World Vision Workers Killed in Pakistan

Some sad news out of Pakistan today. From Reuters:

Suspected Islamist militants stormed an office of a U.S.-based, Christian aid agency in Pakistan on Wednesday, killing six Pakistani aid workers after singling them out and then blowing up the building … Seven members of staff were wounded and one was missing, the agency said in a statement, adding that its relief and development work in Pakistan was conducted by Pakistanis. “Those who kill humanitarian workers must be reminded that they are not only killing their own country’s residents, but also people seeking to improve the lives of victims of poverty and injustice,” it said.

Here is a statement from World Vision:

World Vision today is mourning the brutal and senseless deaths of six members of our staff in the Mansehra district of Pakistan, following an unprovoked attack by gunmen. We are seeking to confirm reports that gunmen first set off bombs or grenades, then opened fire on the office, located 65 kilometers north of the capital, Islamabad. In addition to those killed, seven employees are hospitalized with injuries. No threatening letters were received prior to the attack.

World Vision’s relief and development work in Pakistan is conducted by local citizens. All of World Vision’s operations in the country have been temporarily suspended. World Vision remembers those staff who have died as dedicated people seeking to improve the lives of people affected by poverty and disasters.

Please pray for the wounded, for World Vision, and for those who lost loved ones in today’s attack.

Updated 3/16/2010: 7th World Vision Staff Dies after Pakistan Attack

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