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Killed UK doctor's body flown home

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

Dr Woo, 36, 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, officials confirmed.

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

Her family said the public reaction to the tragedy had been "overwhelming and generous" and thanked wellwishers 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."

Dr Woo's funeral will be a private occasion for relatives and friends, her family said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for killing the aid workers, who were on an expedition to Nuristan organised by Kabul-based Christian charity the International Assistance Mission (IAM).

IAM executive director Dirk Frans said he believed "non-local fighters" carried out the murders in Badakhshan province.

The other expedition members who died alongside Dr Woo were Americans Tom Little, 61, Dan Terry, 64, Thomas Grams, 51, Glen Lapp, 40, Cheryl Beckett, 32, and Brian Carderelli, 25, German Daniela Beyer, 35, and two Afghans named as Mahram Ali, 51, and Jawed, 24.


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