21 Oct 2008

British aid worker killed in Kabul

6:12 am on 21 October 2008

A British aid worker has been shot dead in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility, accusing her organisation of preaching Christianity.

Gayle Williams, 34, was shot several times by two men on a motorbike as she walked to work.

She was a British national, who also had South African nationality.

Ms Williams worked for a British-based Christian charity that helps disabled people.

In a statement, President Hamid Karzai said her murder was cowardly and unforgivable.

Similar assassinations have been carried out in the southern city of Khandahar.

In other incidents: two German soldiers and five Afghan children were also killed in a suicide attack in the north on Monday.