Six ICRC workers killed in Afghanistan
Feb.8, Kabul: Suspected ISIL fighters have killed at least six Afghan employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) engaged in carrying supplies in the north of the country to areas hit by deadly snow storms, government officials told the media.
Another two employees were unaccounted for after Wednesday's attack in Jowzjan province, said Thomas Glass, ICRC spokesperson, adding that the group did not know who was responsible for the attack, the officials sais.
"Devastated by this news out of #Afghanistan," Peter Maurer, ICRC president, said on Twitter. "My deepest condolences to the families of those killed - and those still unaccounted for."
Separately, Lotfullah Azizi, Jowzjan's governor, told Reuters news agency the aid workers were in a convoy that was carrying supplies to areas hit by avalanches when they were targeted by fighters belonging to ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group.
Rahmatullah Turkistani, Jawzjan police chief, said the workers' bodies had been brought to the provincial capital and a search operation launched to find the two missing ICRC employees.
Zabiullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesperson, told Al Jazeera the group was not involved in the attack.
The Oslo Times International News Network