ICRC halts operations in Afghanista after workers killed
Feb.9, Kabul: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) temporarily suspended some of its efforts in Afghanistan on Thursday, after gunmen killed six employees on Wednesday. They were delivering aid to a remote northern region hit by heavy snow storms.
A search operation was under way to find two charity workers still missing.
The head of the ICRC called the incident the "worst attack against us" in 20 years, but the group said it did not know who was responsible.
The ICRC said, "We've been in Afghanistan for the past 30 years assisting people in need. We want to provide aid and help but not at the cost of our colleagues. So we need to know what happened before we restart our humanitarian efforts."
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told the media that his group was not involved in the attack.
The governor of Jowzjan province, Lotfullah Azizi, said the aid convoy was attacked by suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) gunmen, according to reports.
The Oslo Times International News Network