Red Cross worker murdered in Cameroon

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A Red Cross staff member has been stabbed to death during a robbery in the West African state of Cameroon in the latest of a series of attacks on the Geneva-based organisation's workers.

This content was published on May 28, 2001 - 20:27

Catherine Duclaux, 37, a French national, was rushed to hospital following the attack, which occurred in the capital Yaounde, but doctors were unable to save her.

Duclaux is the eighth Red Cross worker to have died in Africa in the past five weeks.

"Catherine Duclaux had to go to the pharmacy late Sunday to get medicine for her one-month-old baby when she was attacked and stabbed in the chest," revealed Solveig Olafsdottir, spokeswoman for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Olafsdottir said Duclaux had worked for the Red Cross in Yaounde since 1998 and was married to a Cameroon national. She had worked for the Red Cross for more than six years, having previously been stationed in Burundi, Rwanda and Congo.

Earlier this month a Danish co-pilot working for the International Committee of the Red Cross was killed when his plane was shot at over southern Sudan. Six ICRC delegates were shot and hacked to death at the end of April in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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