Dr Woo's body flown home from Afghanistan

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Karen Woo holding a baby at The French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul
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Dr Woo had been helping Afghan people

The body of a British doctor shot dead on an aid mission in Afghanistan has been flown home to the UK.

Dr Karen Woo's remains arrived at London's Heathrow airport from the Afghan capital Kabul at 1400 BST, the Foreign Office confirmed.

The 36-year-old, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, was killed alongside nine colleagues on 5 August after delivering medical supplies.

She had been due to fly home this month to marry her fiance Mark "Paddy" Smith.

The security consultant, based in Afghanistan, described his partner as "loving and caring" and an "extraordinary person".

'Brave and selfless'

Dr Woo's family said the public reaction to the killing had been "overwhelming and generous".

They said: "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 was working with a Christian charity, providing health care in remote villages in the north-east of Afghanistan.

The other victims 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.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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