Absolutely heart wrenching! International Committee Red Cross (ICRC) relief staffers were on the way with livestock and supplies for Afghanis just south of Shebergan, after the heavy snow fall they recently experienced. However, they did not reach their destination. The team’s convoy was ambushed, and six of the members were brutally murdered, while two are still missing.
The gunmen that attacked the ICRC relief team are still unidentified, as no group has claimed responsibility for it. The Taliban has denied having any involvement with the incident.
“This is a despicable act. Nothing can justify the murder of our colleagues and dear friends,” said Monica Zanarelli, head of the ICRC delegation in Afghanistan.
“At this point, it’s premature for us to determine the impact of this appalling incident on our operations in Afghanistan. We want to collect ourselves as a team and support each other in processing this incomprehensible act and finding our two unaccounted for colleagues,” she said in the statement.
Thomas Glass, an ICRC spokesman in Kabul, described the attack as the deadliest for the organization in Afghanistan since it began its activities here decades ago.