Maegan McCart – February 8, 2017
Suspected ISIL fighters have killed at least six Afghan employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who were carrying supplies in the north of the country to areas hit by deadly snowstorm on February 8, 2017, according to government officials. The team of three drivers and five field officers were on their way to deliver livestock materials to an area south of the town of Sheberghan, in Jawzjan province, when “unknown armed men” attacked, the ICRC said.
The identity of the attackers is not known. The Taliban denied responsibility in a tweet from spokesman Zabihullah Mujahidm, and the Red Cross said in a statement, “It is not yet clear who carried out the attack or why.” “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.”