06 September 2017

News Report: ICRC says two of abducted staff released in Afghanistan

GENEVA, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said here on Tuesday that its two staff abducted by an armed group in February in Afghanistan have been set free.

"We are relieved and grateful that our colleagues are now back with us unharmed," the Geneva-based organization quoted its external head of delegation in Afghanistan, Monica Zanarelli, as saying.

The two ICRC staff members went missing in a deadly attack, which also killed other six Red Cross colleagues.

"Their abduction and the killings of our six colleagues were emotional agony for all of us, especially for their families and friends," said the organization.

ICRC President Peter Maurer tweeted: "Relieved that our colleagues abducted in #Afghanistan have been released. Respect for humanitarians is imperative. We are #NotATarget."

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