Geneva/Bamako (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirms that it has had no contact since Saturday with three of its staff members who were on assignment in Abeibara, which is about 140 kilometres north of Kidal.
"We are worried about our colleagues and we're doing everything we can to bring them back as quickly as possible," said Christoph Luedi, head of the ICRC's delegation in Mali. "At this time we don't know why this incident took place and we aren't speculating. It's too soon to say what impact it will have on our humanitarian work."
The ICRC is in contact with all the parties in northern Mali to get its staff members back as soon as possible.
For further information, please contact:
Valery Mbaoh Nana, ICRC Bamako, tel: + 221 77 270 85 06 or +223 76 99 63 75
Claire Kaplun, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 31 49 or +41 79 244 64 05