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2 snatched ICRC staffers released

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Two abducted employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have been freed, a statement from the ICRC said on Tuesday.

The two staff members were abducted by an armed group on 8 February 2017 when they were on their way to Jawzjan province in a bid to deliver assistance.

Six other employees of the ICRC were shot dead and sustained injuries during in the same unpleasant incident, the statement added.

“We are relieved and grateful that our colleagues are now once again with us unharmed,” said the ICRC head of delegation in Afghanistan, Monica Zanarelli. “Their abduction and the killings of our six colleagues were emotional agony for all of us, especially for their families and friends.”

“It has taken a lot of effort, and we are thankful to the communities and the authorities who have mobilized and played a role in facilitating our colleagues’ release,” said Ms. Zanarelli.

“Our priority now is their well-being and being reunited with their families. We ask everyone to respect them, their families’ privacy at this time.”

The ICRC has taken a formal decision not to comment on the identity of the abductors, their motives or the details of the release, the statement added.