Red Cross scales back over attacks in northern Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan – The International Committee of the Red Cross has announced it will soon close two offices in northern Faryab and Kunduz provinces and also reduce its activities in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province after deadly attacks on its staff in the north.

Monday's announcement follows a spate of attacks in northern region of the country. Since last December, the attacks have killed one foreign and six Afghan staff members of the ICRC, while three workers have been abducted. Those abducted were later released.

Monica Zanarelli, head of the ICRC in Afghanistan, says the organization has no choice but to drastically reduce its presence and activities in the northern region.

Last month, Spanish physiotherapist Lorena Enebral Perez was fatally shot inside an ICRC rehabilitation center by a patient in Balkh.

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