6 Americans Killed Execution-Style in Afghanistan

By: CBS
By: CBS

Afghan police are on the hunt for Taliban militants who executed 10 foreign aid workers, including six Americans.

Afghan police are on the hunt Monday morning for the killers of 10 foreign aid workers.

Their bodies were flown back to Kabul Sunday, three days after police say they were lined up and executed one-by-one as they returned from a medical mission.

In upstate New York Sunday, church members remembered the team's leader, Tom Little. An eye doctor and father of three, Little worked alongside his wife in Afghanistan for more than 30 years, and that's where he'll be buried.

"It was a family decision - our girls -- he made his life in Afghanistan -- that's where he was called for and that's where he will be buried," said his wife, Libby Little.

The bodies of the other victims will return home.

Among them: Thomas Grams who quit his dental practice in Colorado to work full-time helping poor children; Glen Lapp, a Pennsylvania nurse who arrived in Afghanistan in 2008 for a short assignment but decided to stay; and 32-year-old Cheryl Beckett, the daughter of a Tennessee pastor who spent six years working in the country.

U.S. officials quickly condemned the attack. Taliban militants say they killed the aid workers because they were trying to convert Afghans to Christianity.

Karl Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan rejected the claims Sunday.

He said, "The Taliban has called the group of medical aid workers spies and proselytizers. They were no such thing. These were selfless volunteers."

At the time of the attack, the medical team was traveling without any security, choosing instead to spend their money on those they were trying to help.


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  • by knowa on Aug 10, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    I know this is off track but it was not that long ago that China was a major enemy and it was trade and open markets that changed it. What Afghan need and want is Trade with the world, one only has to look at YouTube videos of US troops in Afghanistan Protecting Miles and Mile of cannabis plants the size of trees. And the Farmers are forced borrow money from the Taliban to buy seeds and such. What I see is not just cannabis but Food,Fuel,Fiber and Medicine. The Afghan have never had a legitimate market for thing that they have grown even before George Washington Time. Lets use be the ones to give micro loans to set up Bio fuel operation, Fiber and Food production, not to mention Medicine. We need to take the easy money from the terrorist groups. We need to work with the people and turn our swords into ploughs.
  • by ELAshley Location: Dothan on Aug 9, 2010 at 06:52 AM
    Did anyone actually believe that it (martyrdom) ended with Rome? This is very sad news, but not unexpected considering the geography and the evil of Islam. And though they have gone home to their reward (those who were Christian) I'm sure that's small comfort to those they've left behind. May God richly bless their families and loved ones with the peace and comfort of God almighty through His son Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit.
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