Sunday, 29 April 2012

Kidnapped British Aid Worker found murdered

 
A British Aid worker who went missing in Pakistan in January has been found murdered.
60-year-old Khalil Dale, a Muslim convert, had been working for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Quetta, capital of the troubled Balochistan region on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
Local police discovered Mr Dale’s decapitated and bullet-ridden body at a roadside with a note saying he had been murdered as a ransom had not been paid.
Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the killing, saying it was a “shocking and merciless act, carried out by people with no respect for human life and the rule of law”.
British Red Cross chief executive Sir Nick Young said: "Khalil Dale was a committed member of the Red Cross Red Crescent family over the last 30 years. He was a gentle, kind person who devoted his life to helping others, including some of the world's most vulnerable people.”
Mr Dale, originally from Manchester, had converted to Islam some 30 years ago.  Before traveling to Pakistan, Mr Dale had worked with the ICRC in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
He had been working as a health-programme manager in Quetta for a year before he was abducted at gunpoint while returning home from work on 5th January.
Kidnappings and targeted killings have become increasingly frequent in the region in recent years.
Most kidnap victims however, are released after a ransom has been paid.
- Vijitha Alles

Kidnapped British Aid Worker found murdered

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