The bodies of the two Finnish aid workers slain in western Afghanistan less than a fortnight ago arrived at the Helsinki Airport on Tuesday afternoon, greeted by grieving relatives as well as representatives of the state administration, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Finnish Lutheran Mission. The experienced aid workers were employed by the Finnish Lutheran Mission and were working in Afghanistan in mental health projects overseen by the International Assistance Mission.
The two women were shot to death by two gunmen on a motorcycle in the Afghan city of Herat on 24 July. Local law enforcement officials have arrested six people on suspicion of the homicides.
Päivi Räsänen (Christian Democrats), the Minister of the Interior, reminded in a statement published by the Finnish Lutheran Mission that the work carried out by the relief workers was held in extremely high regard.