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Bodies of slain medics arrive in Kabul

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The bodies of eight medical workers slain by Taliban gunmen in northeast Afghanistan have arrived in Kabul to be formally identified.They worked for Christian aid group International Assistance Mission and provided eye care to ordinary Afghans.

The Taliban accuses them of preaching Christianity to Muslims.

Among the dead were six Americans.

The NGO named one as Tom Little, the team leader who had lived in Afghanistan for 30 years.

The group also said British doctor Karen Woo was one of the victims . The 36-year-old had been set to get married later this month.

A German doctor is also said to have been shot dead.

International Assistance Mission denies the medics were missionaries.

It says robbery was a more likely motive for the killings.

The medics had been working in the northeastern regions of Badakshan and neighbouring Nuristan.

They had reportedly been advised not to enter Nuristan because of a strong insurgent presence there.

But they are said to have ignored the warning, believing that as they were working doctors they would not be targeted.