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Body of Karen Woo killed in Afghanistan is brought home to UK

The body of murdered British aid worker Dr Karen Woo has been brought back to the UK from Afghanistan, the Foreign Office has said.

Dr Woo (36) — who was to marry her fiance, Ards man Mark ‘Paddy’ Smith, later this week — was killed alongside nine colleagues on August 5 as the group returned from delivering medical supplies to poor Afghans in remote mountain communities.

Her body was flown from the Afghan capital Kabul and arrived back at London's Heathrow airport at 2pm yesterday.

Dr Woo, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, was due to return to the UK shortly after the expedition for her wedding to Mr Smith, a security consultant based in Afghanistan.

Her family said the public reaction to the tragedy had been “overwhelming and generous” and thanked well-wishers for their expressions of sympathy and support.

They added: “We would also like to take this opportunity to emphasise that while Karen was the only UK national involved in this incident, she was part of a team of brave and selfless people who were determined to make a difference, and the sacrifice of the whole group and their families should be recognised.

“Our sincere condolences go out to those families and friends of the other victims, who we are sure have been as deeply affected as us.”

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