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Foreign Red Cross worker killed by patient in Afghanistan: ICRC

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A foreign woman working for the International Committee of the Red Cross has been shot and killed by a patient at an orthopedic clinic in northern Afghanistan, provincial official said Monday.

It was not immediately clear if Monday’s attack was politically motivated or related to a personal dispute.

Sher Jan Durani, a spokesman for the provincial police chief, says the shooting took place in the clinic in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif. Durani said two suspects have been arrested. He did not know the nationality of the victim or the motive for the attack.

ICRC spokesman Ahmad Ramin Ayaz confirmed the attack but could not provide further details.

Last week, two local ICRC staff members were released after being held by an armed group for seven months. The two were abducted on Feb. 8 while on their way to deliver assistance in the northern Jawzjan province with six other colleagues, who were shot and killed. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, and the Taliban denied involvement.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a Taliban suicide bomber targeted international forces on patrol in the northern Parwan province, in an attack that wounded three Afghan civilians, according to Gen. Zaman Mamozai, the provincial police chief. He was not aware of any casualties among the foreign troops.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack.