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Memorial fund for Dr Karen Woo murdered in Afghanistan

The family and friends of a doctor killed in an ambush in a remote part of Afghanistan have set up a fund to buy medical equipment in her memory.

Dr Karen Woo, 36, originally from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, was killed in a robbery attack on an aid convoy.

She was killed with nine colleagues in the remote north east of the country.

She died a few weeks before she was due to marry fiance Mark "Paddy" Smith who paid tribute to her at the launch of the fund on Thursday in London.

He said there were "so many different things" he would miss about his "loving and caring" fiance.

Tributes were also paid by her family who called her a "true hero".

Afghan police said those who died were victims of an armed robbery and one of the aid convoy's drivers had been detained.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said the killings were "a deplorable and cowardly act".

Dr Woo, was working with a Christian charity, providing healthcare in remote villages.

The charity hopes to raise money with the help of the memorial fund to continue her work.

Her family and friends said they also wanted to honour the values that led her to give up a promising medical career to work in Afghanistan.

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