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Medical team gunned down

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KABUL, Afghanistan – Ten members of the Christian medical team – six Americans, two Afghans, one German and a Briton – were gunned down in a gruesome slaughter that the Taliban said they carried out because the volunteers were spying and trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. The gunmen spared an Afghan driver, who recited verses from the Islamic holy book Quran as he begged for his life. Team members – doctors, nurses and logistics personnel – were attacked as they were returning to Kabul after their two-week mission in the remote Parun valley of Nuristan province about 160 miles north of Kabul. They had decided to veer northward into Badakhshan province because they thought that would be the safest route back to Kabul, said Dirk Frans, director of the International Assistance Mission, which organised the team.One of the dead Americans had spent about 30 years in Afghanistan and survived both the Soviet invasion and bloody civil war of the 1990s that destroyed much of Kabul. (AP)