British surgeon Dr Karen Woo killed by Taliban in Afghanistan a week before her wedding

British surgeon Dr Karen

 Woo killed by Taliban in

 Afghanistan a week before

 her wedding

Aug 8 2010 by David Owen, The People

Tags: Dr Karen Woo, heroes, Afghanistan, aid workers, medical

A BRITISH surgeon executed in Afghanistan had been due to marry her fiance within days.

”She was there, because she cared about others… you were such an inspiration to our family.”‘

– a tribute to Karen Woo on Facebook

Dr Karen Woo, 36, was among ten people robbed, then lined up and callously shot by the Taliban.

The fanatics accused her of spreading Christianity.

Dr Woo was to wed Paddy Smith, who she met in Kabul, at Chelsea Register Office in West London next Friday.

The party that was attacked also included a German and six American medics plus three Afghans.

They were returning from providing eye treatment and other health care in remote northern villages when they were ambushed. Their bodies were found on Friday.

Dr Woo, from Stevenage, Herts, had swapped her job with private medical firm BUPA just months ago to dedicate her life to aid work.

In a blog she had admitted the hazardous trip scared the daylights out of her.

Security contractor Paddy, who dated Karen after helping with her luggage at Kabul airport, said: She grabbed life by the horns. She went to one of the most dangerous places in the world to help people.

Nothing is normal in Afghanistan, but when we met it just made sense.

Her cousin Lorraine Nugent wrote on Facebook: My beautiful, brave, caring cousin Karen Woo has been killed delivering aid and medical care in Afghanistan.Why? She was there because she cared about others.

The victims, who included three women, were working with the International Assistance Mission.

They drove to Nuristan, then hiked over mountains to reach remote Parun valley.

But as they returned, Taliban insurgents dragged them from their vehicles and shot them. Their bullet-riddled bodies were discovered in dense woodland.

One Afghan member of the team escaped death by reading verses from the Koran and begging: I am a Muslim. Don’t kill me.


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