Madrid – A Spanish physiotherapist has been murdered in Afghanistan by one of the patients she was treating, the International Red Cross confirmed on Monday.
Lorena Enebral Perez, was shot as she worked at orthopedic centre in the town of Mazar-e-Sharif in the north of the country by one of her patients a wheelchair bound man who had been attending the centre for 19 years.
The killer was arrested at the scene and identified as Muhamad Naseem, who is thought to have concealed his weapon inside his wheelchair before opening fire on Dr. Perez once inside the medical centre.
“He shot the Spanish doctor with one shot and he was then arrested immediately by the centre’s security before he was able to shoot anyone else,’’ a local police chief said in a statement.
He added that a person who accompanied Naseem to the hospital had also been detained.
The International Red Cross also confirmed the death on its website, saying they were “shocked and devastated’’.
The organisation’s spokesperson in Afghanistan assured Spanish media it was an “isolated incident’’ and that the circumstances surrounding it were “still unclear’’.
In February 2016, the International Red Cross temporarily suspended operations in Afghanistan after six workers were killed in the north of the country. (Xinhua/NAN)