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American aid worker killed in Pakistan

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In Pakistan, an American aid worker was killed Wednesday in the latest round of brazen attacks highlighting both the strength of militants and the Pakistani military's lack of response.

According to the Associated Press, Stephen Vance was heading to work in Peshawar in northwest Pakistan when he was shot and killed, along with his driver. No one has yet claimed responsibility, though "similar attacks against Pakistani security forces and foreigners have been blamed on al-Qaida- and Taliban-linked fighters, who are increasingly active in the region, which borders Afghanistan."

It (the attack) was obviously well-targeted," said [a] foreign official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to media.
Pockets of the northwest have become safe havens for al-Qaida and Taliban operatives involved in attacks on U.S. and NATO forces across the border in Afghanistan as well as rising violence within Pakistan.
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