Spanish Red Cross physiotherapist killed in northern Afghanistan


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MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan: A Spanish physiotherapist working for the Red Cross in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif was shot dead on Monday, apparently by a hospital patient, officials said.

Police said that two arrests had been made and an investigation was under way.

The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed that the staff member had been killed in its orthopedic center in Mazar-i-Sharif. “We are shocked and devastated,” it said in a statement on Twitter.

Sheer Jan Durani, a spokesman for the police chief in Balkh province, said two patients were admitted to hospital and one took out a pistol apparently concealed in a wheel chair and shot the woman.

Both men were arrested, he said.—Reuters