IRC Shocked and Saddened at Killing of Five Staff Members in Afghanistan
New York, August 27, 2013—The International Rescue Committee is deeply saddened to confirm that five IRC staff members were killed yesterday in Afghanistan’s Herat province. The men, all Afghan, were dedicated aid workers, committed to improving the quality of life for the people of Afghanistan.
Ahmad Momini (27), Mohammad Nazir (24), Mohammad Sharif (26), Wahidullah (24) and Habiburahman (25) were returning to their field office in Herat Sunday morning, after the Eid holidays, when the taxi they were traveling in was stopped by armed men and forced to drive to another location. On Monday evening, the captors delivered their bodies to a local hospital.
Ibrahim Mohammadi, a local representative with the Afghan Ministry of Rural Relief and Development, who was traveling with the IRC team, was also killed.
The IRC has no further information about the incident or any motivation behind the killings.
“The IRC is devastated and grief-stricken by the deaths of our colleagues who all were working to make a better Afghanistan,” says George Rupp, president of the IRC. “We offer our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and co-workers of all those who were killed.”
The five IRC staff members worked in Gulran District in support of Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Program, which helps rural communities carry out critical development projects, like improving irrigation and water supply and running literacy and vocational training programs.
The IRC has worked in Afghanistan since 1988, delivering humanitarian aid and development assistance to hundreds of thousands of Afghans. In 2008, the IRC suffered the tragic loss of four staff members, who were killed in an ambush in Logar Province.
The IRC has temporarily suspended its operations in Afghanistan as the organization mourns the loss of its colleagues.
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