Unknown armed men killed six International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) workers who were driving to deliver livestock materials in the Jawzjan province Wednesday, the organization said. Two workers are still unaccounted for.
The Taliban denied responsibility in a Tweet from spokesman Zabihullah Mujahidm, however the identities of the gunmen still have not been determined. “It is not yet clear who carried out the attack or why,” Red Cross said in a statement.
Shocked and devastated. We confirm that 6 ICRC staff were killed and 2 are missing in Jawzjan province, #Afghanistan. Statement to follow.
— ICRC Afghanistan (@ICRC_af) February 8, 2017
Peter Maurer, the Red Cross president, said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms what appears to be a deliberate attack on our staff. This is a huge tragedy. We’re in shock.”
Lutfullah Azizi, the provincial governor of Jawzjan, told CNN that “unknown gunmen” committed the attacks in Qoshtapa district of Jawzjan province. He added that police are still searching for the two missing workers.
According to Amnesty International, violence in Afghanistan has been rapidly increasing. ISIS claimed responsibility on twitter Tuesday for a suicide bombing that killed at least 20 people and injured thirty-five others in an explosion.
Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia director, said, “By targeting the ICRC, who devote their lives to helping people in desperate need, the perpetrators have demonstrated a horrific contempt for human life.”