Red Cross employees killed in Afghanistan

Red Cross employees killed in AfghanistanSix Afghan Red Cross workers have been killed by suspected Islamic State (ISIS) group gunmen in the northern Afghan province of Jowzjan, according to BBC on Wednesday.

The employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were carried supplies in the north of the country to areas hit by deadly snow storms, government officials said.

The workers were shot dead in the Qush Tepa area, the governor told the BBC.

Two others are unaccounted for, feared abducted by the group, he said. The ICRC confirmed the deaths but said it did not know who had killed its staff.

Jawzjan police chief Rahmatullah Turkistani said the workers' bodies had been brought to the provincial capital and a search operation launched to find the two missing ICRC employees.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said his group was not involved in the attack and promised that Taliban members would "put all their efforts into finding the perpetrators".

ISIS has been active in Afghanistan since 2015, claiming recent attacks in the east and Kabul.

There was no immediate claim for the attack.

Taliban militants have also targeted the Red Cross in the past - its office in Jalalabad was attacked in 2013.
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