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Iraq: Two ICRC employees killed in Baghdad bomb attack

27-10-2003 News Release 03/71

Geneva (ICRC) – Two Iraqi employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were killed in a bomb explosion outside the organization's office in Baghdad this morning. Ten other people in the area were also reported killed.

The ICRC condemns this attack in the strongest terms and expresses its heartfelt sympathy to the victims and their families. All deliberate attacks causing death or injury among civilians are strictly prohibited by international humanitarian law and negate the most basic principles of humanity.

The ICRC is not in a position to give further details of the attack for the moment. The organization will be reassessing its working conditions in Baghdad over the next few days. The ICRC has been working continuously in Iraq since 1980 to address the most urgent needs of the population.

 For more information please contact:  

 Florian Westphal, ICRC Geneva, ++41 22 730 29 30, ++41 79 217 32 26