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British Red Cross worker kidnapped in Quetta

British Red Cross worker kidnapped in Quetta

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Jan 06, 2012 - 17:01

QUETTA (PANinfo-icon): Gunmen have abducted a British employee with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Pakistaninfo-icon's southeastern volatile Balochistan province, police said on Friday.

A spokeswoman for the private humanitarian institution, Sitara Jabeen, confirmed one of their employees had gone missing, but stopped short of giving further details.

But a police officer, Nazir Ahmand Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News their initial investigation revealed the ICRC worker had been kidnapped.

He said the kidnapped man was a UK citizen and that police had launched a search operation to rescue him.

The ICRC said its healthinfo-icon programme manager Khalil Rasjed Dale was seized around lunchtime Thursday in Quetta, the main town of the province, which borders both Iran and Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Dale was taken as he returned home from work but police, quoting witnesses, said he was abducted in front of his office by eight masked gunmen who were lying in wait for him.

One opened the www.pajhwok.comruiser and kidnapped him at gunpoint, police said.

A statement from the humanitarian organisation called for Dale's "swift and unconditional release" and said it had no information about the identities or motives of his captors.

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