A workforce of three drivers and 5 discipline officers was on its strategy to ship livestock supplies to an space in Jawzjan province when “unknown armed males” attacked it, the Worldwide Committee of the Purple Cross (ICRC) mentioned.

The Taliban denied accountability for the assault in a tweet from spokesman Zabihullah Mujahidm.

“It isn’t but clear who carried out the assault or why,” the Purple Cross mentioned in a press release.

Two of its staff nonetheless are unaccounted for, the help group mentioned.

‘It is a large tragedy’

The pinnacle of the ICRC delegation in Afghanistan, Monica Zanarelli, mentioned in a press release: “It is a despicable act. Nothing can justify the homicide of our colleagues and expensive pals.

“At this level, it is untimely for us to find out the affect of this appalling incident on our operations in Afghanistan. We need to acquire ourselves as a workforce and assist one another in processing this incomprehensible act and discovering our two unaccounted for colleagues,” she mentioned.

ICRC President Peter Maurer,mentioned, “We condemn within the strongest attainable phrases what seems to be a deliberate assault on our employees. It is a large tragedy. We’re in shock.”

Lutfullah Azizi, the provincial governor of Jawzjan additionally advised CNN that “unknown gunmen” carried out the assault in Qoshtapa district of Jawzjan province. He mentioned police are looking for the 2 lacking Purple Cross staff.

Uptick in violence

Security forces stand guard at the site of a a suicide attack in Kabul on Tuesday.Security forces stand guard at the site of a a suicide attack in Kabul on Tuesday.

Amnesty Worldwide condemned the assault and famous that violence has intensified just lately in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, a suicide bomber killed at least 20 people outdoors Afghanistan’s Supreme Court docket in Kabul. Thirty-five folks had been harm within the explosion.

In a submit Wednesday on Twitter, ISIS claimed accountability for the assault.

In accordance with the UN Help Mission in Afghanistan, three,498 civilians had been killed and seven,920 injured in 2016 — marking the very best variety of civilian casualties because the UN started documenting statistics in Afghanistan.

“By concentrating on the ICRC, who dedicate their lives to serving to folks in determined want, the perpetrators have demonstrated a horrific contempt for human life,” mentioned Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty Worldwide’s South Asia director.