Two Red Cross workers missing in Pakistan's volatile border region

Other News Materials 3 February 2008 13:32 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Search operations were underway Sunday for two workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who went missing the previous night in Pakistan's volatile western border region on their way to Afghanistan.

The ICRC's office in Islamabad lost contact with the workers, who were escorting a food convoy to the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, around 7 pm Saturday evening, Marco Succi, the committee's spokesman in Islamabad, told DawnNews TV.

"We're very concerned for their safety," he said. "During our relief operations, contacts are always going. At 7 pm, we realized that contact was not available anymore. Until now, there is no new news or further details."

He did not disclose the nationality of the workers on the convoy, which was traveling through the Khyber Pass between Pakistan and Afghanistan, where armed Islamic militants including elements of Taliban and al-Qaeda are known to operate