Earlier this afternoon, the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Jalalabad was attacked by unidentified armed men. One staff member, an Afghan guard, was killed and another, an expatriate, was slightly wounded. All other staff are safe and well.
"We condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms," said Jacques de Maio, the ICRC's head of operations for South Asia. "Right now, our thoughts go out to the family of our dead colleague."
In Jalalabad, the ICRC has 36 staff, including six expatriates. Afghanistan is the site of one of the ICRC's biggest operations worldwide, with some 1,800 staff working in 17 locations throughout the country.
The Irish Red Cross currently has no personel in the area.