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Gunmen in Iraq kill three ministry workers
"FALLUJAH, Iraq — Gunmen wearing black uniforms on Saturday shot dead three people, two of them brothers, near the restive city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, police said.
"It happened early in the morning when the gunmen entered the victims' homes," said Lieutenant Colonel Yasin Mohammed, adding that a fourth person was shot and wounded.
Black uniforms are typically worn by Al-Qaeda militants.
Mohammed said the victims were hauled out and shot in front of their homes in the village of Garma, east of Fallujah in predominantly Sunni Arab Anbar province.
All four worked for the ministry of higher education, the brothers as administrators and the others as a guard and driver, the police officer said.
Fallujah, a former insurgent stronghold, has remained one of the most unstable regions of Iraq despite a drop in violence across most of the country since 2006."
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Abducted British aid worker killed in Afghanistan
"A British aid worker being held hostage in Afghanistan was killed by captors during an attempt to rescue her, Foreign Secretary William Hague said today.
Linda Norgrove, 36, originally from Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands, was kidnapped by militants in Kunar province on September 26, alongside three Afghan nationals.
A decision was made yesterday to send troops in to free her
A former United Nations employee, Ms Norgrove was working for the firm Development Alternatives Inc at the time of her kidnap.
Based in Jalalabad, she supervised reconstruction programmes in the eastern region of Afghanistan funded by the US government.
She was abducted by insurgents as she travelled in a convoy of two vehicles in Kunar province.
Local police chased the kidnappers but lost them after a brief firefight.
The three Afghan nationals were released last week, but Ms Norgrove continued to be held amid growing concern for her life.
Mr Hague said today that allies were tipped off where the Scottish hostage was being held and that "given the danger she was facing, her best chance of safe release was to act on that information".
But insurgents killed Ms Norgrove during the attempt to free her."
Italy troops killed in Afghan blast
"Four Italian Nato soldiers have been killed and another wounded after a roadside bomb by suspected anti-government fighters blew up their vehicle in southwestern Afghanistan, officials say.
The blast occurred on Saturday as the troops returned from a security operation in the Gulistan valley in Farah province.
The soldiers were escorting a convoy of 70 civilian lorries when a powerful home-made bomb exploded, the Italian news agency Ansa reported.
General Massimo Fogari, the head of the press service at the defence chief of staff, said that "after the blast, the convoy came under fire until the attackers were forced to flee" by the military fighting back.
He said that it was a Taliban-style attack.
The deaths brought the number of Nato forces killed this month to 24. At least 2,012 foreign service members have died since the US-led invasion in 2001"
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