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ICRC shocked by murder of four UN staff members in Tajikistan

23-07-1998 News Release 98/29

Extremely shocked by the murder of four UN staff members by unknown individuals who ambushed them on 20 July as they were driving from Tavildara to the Garm valley, in central Tajikistan, the ICRC wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims and to their colleagues at the UN. The ICRC strongly condemns this act of cold-blooded murder.

Following this tragic incident, the ICRC decided to suspend its activities in the Garm and Tavildara area until further notice and called its staff back to Dushanbe.

Joining the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in a gesture of solidarity with the colleagues and friends of the victims, the ICRC delegation in Dushanbe has instructed its staff to work exclusively on the premises of its office until 24 July.