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Afghanistan: ICRC delegate slain

27-03-2003 News Release 03/23

Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply shocked and dismayed by the killing of one of its field delegates, Ricardo Munguía, a water and habitat engineer, on 27 March in Uruzgan province, southern Afghanistan.

Mr Munguía, who was travelling together with Afghan colleagues on an assignment to improve the water supply in the town of Tirin Kot, was shot in cold blood by a group of unidentified assailants who stopped the vehicles in which the ICRC staff were travelling. No further information about the circumstances of his death is as yet available.

Mr Munguía, who was 39, joined the ICRC in 1999 and had worked for the organization in Colombia, the Republic of the Congo and Angola.

Appalled by this brutal and unacceptable act, the ICRC shares the grief and outrage of Mr Munguía's family, friends and colleagues, and expresses its sincerest condolences to his loved ones.

 Further information: Eros Bosisio, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 21 01