Italian Aid Workers Arrested in Helmand Over Alleged Assassination Plot

Since December 1999, the Italian NGO Emergency has treated more than 2.4 million people in Afghanistan. Photo by: Emergency

Afghan police arrested three Italian aid workers, along with six Afghans, for allegedly planning to assassinate Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal, the UN Dispatch reports. The police said they discovered explosives in the boxes of medical supplies stored at a hospital run by nonprofit organization Emergency, which employs the three aid workers.

Gino Strada, the director of the charity, said he believes the three were framed by groups that want to eliminate witnesses to how the ongoing conflict affects the citizens of Helmand.

“Someone has organized this set-up because they want Emergency to leave Afghanistan,” Strada said.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.