Red Cross searches for missing employees


KABUL -- The Red Cross is desperately searching for two employees who went missing after their convoy came under insurgent fire in northern Afghanistan, leaving six other workers dead, the charity said Friday (February 10).

The workers were ambushed in Jawzjan Province Wednesday (February 8), while they were en route to a remote snowbound area to deliver much-needed relief supplies.

Six employees were killed on the spot, many of them shot from close range, in one of the worst attacks on the international charity in the country for years.

"Unfortunately, there's no news yet on our two colleagues unaccounted for," Thomas Glass, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told AFP.

"We are actively trying to locate them."

No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the killings, but Jawzjan police chief Rahmatullah Turkistani has blamed local "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) militants.

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