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Red Cross Worker Killed in Cameroon

May 28, 2001

GENEVA (AP) _ A French woman working for the Red Cross in Cameroon was stabbed to death as she went to a pharmacy to buy medicine for her 1-month-old baby, an official said Monday.

Catherine Duclaux was rushed to a hospital by bystanders following the attack in Yaounde, Cameroon late Sunday, but she died before surgery could be performed, said Solveig Olafsdottir, spokeswoman for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The motive appeared to have been robbery, she said.

Duclaux, 37, had worked in Yaounde since 1998 and was married to a Cameroon national. Before being posted in the West African country, she was stationed in Burundi, Rwanda and Congo.

Duclaux was the eighth Red Cross worker to die in Africa in recent weeks. Earlier this month, a Danish co-pilot working for the International Committee of the Red Cross was killed when his plane was shot at in Sudan. On April 26, six Red Cross delegates were shot and hacked to death in northeastern Congo in an attack that remains unsolved.

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