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British doctor killed by captors in Pakistan

The body of 60-year-old Khalil Rasjed Dale, who had been working for the Red Cross, was found four months after he was kidnapped.

A Pakistani security guard stands next to the vehicle belonging to Khalil Rasjed in Quetta, Pakistan in January
A Pakistani security guard stands next to the vehicle belonging to Khalil Rasjed in Quetta, Pakistan in January
Image: AP Photo/Arshad Butt

A BRITISH DOCTOR who was kidnapped in January has been found dead in Pakistan.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has confirmed that Khalil Rasjed Dale, a 60-year-old health programme manager, was found by police in southwest Pakistan today.

Dale had been working in Pakistan for almost one year. He had worked for the Red Cross for many years in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq, the organisation said today.

He was managing a Red Cross health programme in the southwestern city of Quetta when he was seized by unidentified armed men while returning home from work on 5 January.

The Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross condemned the killing as ‘barbaric’.

“We are devastated,” said Yves Daccord. “Khalil was a trusted and very experienced Red Cross staff member who significantly contributed to the humanitarian cause”.

Local tv news channels have reported that Dale’s body was found in a bag on the side of the road in Quetta. Sky News and The Jerusalem Post both report that he had been beheaded.

There are no details on who was behind the kidnapping or whether a random had been demanded.

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