Kidnapped aid worker found dead

South Wales Guardian: A British man working for the Red Cross has been killed by his captors in south western Pakistan A British man working for the Red Cross has been killed by his captors in south western Pakistan

A British humanitarian worker has been killed in Pakistan after being kidnapped earlier this year, the Foreign Office said.

Foreign Secretary William Hague expressed his sympathy to the family of Khalil Dale, who was working with the Red Cross.

He said: "I learned with great sadness earlier today of the killing of Khalil Dale by his kidnappers in Baluchistan province, Pakistan.

"Mr Dale, a British humanitarian worker, was kidnapped in January this year. Since then tireless efforts have been under way to secure his release, and the British Government has worked closely with the Red Cross throughout.

"I utterly condemn the kidnapping and killing of Mr Dale, and send my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones as they come to terms with their tragic and distressing loss."

Mr Dale's body was found today on the outskirts of the city of Quetta.

The 60-year-old health programme manager, who was seconded to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), had been abducted by gunmen in Quetta as he made his way home in a clearly-marked ICRC vehicle on January 5. His assailants are said to have bundled him into a car some 200 meters from an ICRC residence, in an upscale housing complex.

At the time, police in Quetta said Mr Dale was abducted by unknown assailants riding a Landcruiser, following a visit to a local school. He had been travelling with a Pakistani doctor and a driver, who were not seized.

Speaking in January, the ICRC called for Mr Dale's "rapid and unconditional release" and said that his family had been informed immediately.

Quetta is the main town of the insurgency-hit Baluchistan province, which borders both Iran and Afghanistan.

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2:49pm Sun 29 Apr 12

smokin says...

stop sending aid to these countries they don't deserve it when they behead a man that was there just to help them
they are beyond words
my thoughts are with this man's family God only knows what he and his family went through
stop sending aid to these countries they don't deserve it when they behead a man that was there just to help them they are beyond words my thoughts are with this man's family God only knows what he and his family went through smokin

5:33pm Sun 29 Apr 12

mouthalmighty says...

My condolences to the family and friends of mr Dale. But smokin try to understand that people go to help because they choose to do so. They do make a difference with the help that they give, but they also know of the dangers. Sad but true.
My condolences to the family and friends of mr Dale. But smokin try to understand that people go to help because they choose to do so. They do make a difference with the help that they give, but they also know of the dangers. Sad but true. mouthalmighty

10:46pm Sun 29 Apr 12

smokin says...

when they do a thing like this to a man that is there to help them I'm sorry but they don't deserve the help that he was trying to give the difference they make is minimal because they have learned along with other countries to sit on their lazy backsides and wait for the idiots from the UK to keep them in whatever they need
we are supposedly in a drought situation I have yet to see other countries sending help to us or indeed when a lot of people were flooded out of their homes and living in caravans for months get any help from other countries sorry mouthalmighty but charity begins at home and a lot of people here do need it
and please don't tell me that we have nothing but addicts there are genuine people that do need help here
when they do a thing like this to a man that is there to help them I'm sorry but they don't deserve the help that he was trying to give the difference they make is minimal because they have learned along with other countries to sit on their lazy backsides and wait for the idiots from the UK to keep them in whatever they need we are supposedly in a drought situation I have yet to see other countries sending help to us or indeed when a lot of people were flooded out of their homes and living in caravans for months get any help from other countries sorry mouthalmighty but charity begins at home and a lot of people here do need it and please don't tell me that we have nothing but addicts there are genuine people that do need help here smokin

11:48pm Sun 29 Apr 12

mouthalmighty says...

Oh I agree smokin. Charity should always begin at home. But people do not get the credit and recognition helping over here, that they would get helping another country. Are you getting it yet? Choice and why that choice.
Oh I agree smokin. Charity should always begin at home. But people do not get the credit and recognition helping over here, that they would get helping another country. Are you getting it yet? Choice and why that choice. mouthalmighty
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