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Gunmen kill four female aid workers in northwest Pakistan bordering Afghanistan
A Pakistani army soldier stands guard on a border terminal in Ghulam Khan, a town in North Waziristan, on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. (AFP)

Four women aid workers were gunned down Monday in a restive part of northwestern Pakistan, police said, as a fresh wave of extremist violence rattles the Afghan borderlands. Gunmen 


The aid workers were ambushed by two gunmen as they were driving through a village in North Waziristan district, according to local police chief Shafiullah Gandapur, who said just one passenger survived the assault.


No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far but it was surely an act of terrorism,” he told AFP.


Gandapur said the aid workers were affiliated with a program run by a local institute to develop household skills for women.


The incident and death toll was confirmed by Rasul Khan, another local police official. Gunmen 


The so-called tribal areas along the Afghan border remain notorious for the availability of cheap guns, drugs and smuggled goods.


The region was once home to a wide array of extremist groups and was a focal point in the global war on terror.


Attacks have decreased in recent years following a series of military offensives against homegrown and foreign militants. Gunmen 


In 2014, the army launched a massive operation to wipe out militant bases in North Waziristan aimed at ending a near decade-long insurgency that cost thousands of lives.


But militant groups are still able to carry out sporadic, isolated assaults.


A recent surge in attacks targeting security forces along the Afghan border has sparked fears that extremist groups may be regrouping. Gunmen 


source: AFP


Image source: AFP


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