Disabled Afghans Protest Against Red Cross Attack

Disabled Afghans Protest Against Red Cross Attack

Scores of disabled people, several of them amputees, gathered outside a Red Cross office in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday to protest against militants who attacked the building four days ago.

A two-hour gun and suicide assault in Jalalabad city on Wednesday left one Afghan guard dead in the first attack on a Red Cross facility in the country since the organisation began work there 26 years ago.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) assists thousands of disabled people across Afghanistan, and is renowned for its programmes providing artificial limbs and rehabilitation for victims of war and landmines.

The ICRC, which had 36 staff in Jalalabad including six expatriates, has also halted all staff movements at its clinics and offices around the country.

The group maintains strict neutrality in the Afghan conflict and was thought to be protected from attack by its working relations with the Taliban and other insurgent groups.

Taliban leaders on Friday denied any involvement in the attack.