Foreign aid worker held in death of Afghan boy

AP News
Posted: Nov 11, 2009 5:10 AM

An international aid worker is being held by police in the shooting death of an Afghan boy in the country's north.

Global Partners, a humanitarian aid and development group that has been working in Afghanistan since the late 1990s, said in a statement Wednesday that it is working with Afghanistan authorities to determine how the death occurred. The group said no one has been charged in the Sunday night shooting.

Abdul Ghani, head of the provincial council in Sar-e-Pul province, said a boy named Hayatullah was shot because he was mistaken for an intruder. Ghani said the boy was a neighbor of the aid worker.

Global Partners said it believes a full investigation will prove the aid worker's innocence.