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ICRC staff member shot dead in Balkh

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By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: A staff member for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was gunned down by unknown armed men in northern Balkh province, officials said Monday.

ICRC Spokesman, Ahmad Ramin said that “One of our staff was shot this morning in the ICRC orthopedic center of Mazar-i-Sharif center of Balkh province.

He said that the staff member was taken to camp Marmal. Despite the doctors’ efforts, she succumbed to her injuries.

ICRC also confirmed that the killed woman was a Spanish physiotherapist working in o orthopedic centre in Mazar.

The circumstances around what happened are unclear for the moment. It appears to be an isolated incident.

According to the NDS, the person who shot our colleague has been arrested.

Police Spokesman for Balkh Shir Jan Durani said that two people were arrested on the charge of killing of ICRC staffs, who both were ex-patient of the orthopedic center.

Security Chief of Balkh Razaq Qaderi said that the killer was an ex-patient, who was under treating for 19 years in the center.

The ex-patient named Nasim he is 21 years old and was from Dand Shahbodin of Baghlan province.

He transferred a pistol inside the orthopedic center, which was skillfully placed in his wheelchair.

He said that the shooter and a man who cooperate with him were arrested and inquiry is going on the case.

Still the reason of attack is not clear, he mentioned.

The killed woman was an expatriate staff and a woman Physiotherapist.

This year was full of tragedy year for ICRC. ICRC staffs have been also attacked in February this year in Jawzjan province which six staffs of the ICRC were killed.

Shortly after the attack in Jawzjan the ICRC had put aid activities across Afghanistan on hold. Killing of another staff in Balkh is another tragic for ICRC in Afghanistan.