1More Bloodshed …
At least six employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have been killed by suspected Isis gunmen while taking supplies to areas affected by deadly avalanches in northern Afghanistan.
Another two employees were unaccounted for and feared abducted after Wednesday’s attack in Jowzjan province, bordering Turkmenistan, where a key motorway has come a focus of insurgent attacks against government forces and NGOs.
The ICRC said its team, composed of three drivers and five field officers, was journeying to deliver aid in Shibergan when it came under attack.
“This is a despicable act. Nothing can justify the murder of our colleagues and dear friends,” said Monica Zanarelli, head of the ICRC delegation in Afghanistan.
“At this point, it’s premature for us to determine the impact of this appalling incident on our operations in Afghanistan. We want to collect ourselves as a team and support each other in processing this incomprehensible act and finding our two unaccounted for colleagues.”