U-N officials say a series of attacks on aid workers in northern Afghanistan may end relief efforts in the region.
A spokesman for U-N special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters in Kabul today (Saturday) Afghan head of state Hamid Karzai has been warned that many organizations are considering pulling out due to the climate of fear and insecurity in and around (the northern city of) Mazar-e-Sharif.
The spokesman also says Mr. Brahimi has urged the three main power brokers in the region -- General Rashid Dostum, Atta Mohammad and Mohammad Mohaqiq -- to take action.
In the worst incident, seven armed men attacked and repeatedly raped a female international aid worker and beat up her Afghan escort. In another incident, armed men fired on a truck carrying food for displaced Afghans in Balkh province. Elsewhere in the same area, gunmen from rival factions opened fire on a health clinic. No one was injured in the shooting.
All three incidents happened within the past week.