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Spanish Red Cross worker killed by patient in Afghanistan: ICRC

AFP     11th September, 2017 06:02:05 printer

Spanish Red Cross worker killed by patient in Afghanistan: ICRC

A Spanish physiotherapist working for the Red Cross in northern Afghanistan was shot and killed Monday by a wheelchair-bound patient, in the latest attack on the international charity.


The woman was shot inside the aid group's orthopaedic centre in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, Thomas Glass, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, told AFP.


The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to the NATO military base hospital at Camp Marmal where she died of her wounds.


"We confirm that a Spanish physiotherapist working in our ortho centre in Mazar has been shot & killed. We are shocked & devastated," the ICRC in Afghanistan posted on Twitter.


Two people have been arrested over the deadly attack, including the 21-year-old shooter who police said was a "regular patient".


"He had hidden the pistol in his wheelchair which he used to shoot the victim," police spokesman Shir Jan Durrani told AFP.


Deputy police chief Abdul Razaq Qaderi said the man "opened fire on the doctor as soon as she entered the consultation room". The motive for the attack was not clear.


It was the latest deadly assault on the Red Cross in northern Afghanistan, where Taliban and Islamic State militants have been terrorising the local population.


Most of the charity's programmes in the north have been on hold since February, after six Afghan employees of the ICRC were shot dead when their convoy was ambushed in Jowzjan province.


Two of their colleagues were abducted and only released by their captors last week.


No group claimed responsibility for the abduction or killings, but Jowzjan police had blamed local IS jihadists.


Last December a Spanish Red Cross employee was abducted when workers from the charity were travelling between Mazar-i-Sharif and the neighbouring Taliban hotbed of Kunduz.


He was released several weeks later.