KABUL, Afghanistan — The International Committee of the Red Cross says two of its staff members have been released after being detained for seven months in Afghanistan’s northern Jawzjan province.

A statement by ICRC Tuesday said the two staff members were abducted by an armed group on Feb. 8 while on their way to deliver assistance in Jawzan with six other colleagues who were shot and killed in the same attack.

Monica Zanarelli, head of the Red Cross’s delegation in Afghanistan, says: “It has taken a lot of effort, and we are thankful to the communities and the authorities who have mobilized and played a role in facilitating our colleagues’ release.”

No group had claimed responsibility for the attack and Taliban insurgents in the region denied their involvement at the time.

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