2 abducted Red Cross employees freed after 7 months


KABUL -- Two Red Cross workers were freed in Afghanistan Tuesday (September 5), seven months after they were abducted during an attack on their convoy that killed six colleagues, the international charity said.

The Afghan aid workers came under fire in Jawzjan February 8 while en route to a remote snowbound area to deliver 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 Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The ICRC would not comment on the identity of the abductors or the details of the employees' release.

No militant group claimed responsibility for the abduction or killings, but Jawzjan police had blamed local "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) jihadists.

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