Lankan ICRC staffer killed in Iraq
23, 2003 - 11.00 GMT]
An aid worker from Sri
Lanka was shot dead while his Iraqi driver was wounded when assailants
attacked their Red Cross vehicle on Tuesday. Nadeesha Ranmuthu, a
37-year-old computer technician, joined the ICRC in Sri Lanka - in 1992. He
leaves behind his wife and a 3-year-old child.
ICRC and its staff are deeply distressed by the death of Mr. Ranmuthu and
extend their heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends,'' the agency
Swiss-based humanitarian agency said that the vehicle had been clearly
marked with the ICRC’s red emblems. It was not known who was responsible
for the shooting. Troops from the U.S.-led coalition have been hit by a
string of attacks since the war on Iraq ended officially. Aid workers have
increasingly been targeted in recent weeks and their agencies have expressed
concern about fragile security in Iraq.
is the second ICRC staffer to die in Iraq this year. In April, Vatche
Arslanian, a 48-year-old Canadian, was killed in crossfire as American
forces closed in on Baghdad.
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Date: July 23, 2003 -11.00