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Afghanistan mine clearers shot dead: What you need to know

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1. 10 mine clearers working for Halo Trust in Afghanistan have been killed and more than a dozen have been injured.

2. Afghan officials have held the Taliban responsible for this, whereas the CEO of Halo Trust denied this. He said that the local Taliban 'came to our aid' and scared the assailants off.

3. The workers were killed when a masked gunman entered the compound and started shooting at everyone at 17.:20 GMT on Tuesday. But the Taliban has denied responsibility for the incident.

4. The violence has surged in Afghanistan since the US began to withdraw its troops on May 1st. The withdrawal of international troops comes amid deadlock in peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan Government.

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