Red Cross doctor found beheaded

2012-04-29 16:55
Quetta - The beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the International Committee of the Red Cross was found by the roadside in the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta on Sunday, police and Red Cross officials said.

Khalil Rasjed Dale, 60, was abducted by suspected militants while on his way home from work on January 5.

ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord said in a statement: "The ICRC condemns in the strongest possible terms this barbaric act.

"All of us at the ICRC and at the British Red Cross share the grief and outrage of Khalil's family and friends."

British Foreign Secretary William Hague also condemned the killing.

"This was a senseless and cruel act, targeting someone whose role was to help the people of Pakistan, and causing immeasurable pain to those who knew Dale," Hague said in the statement.

A senior police officer said the Pakistan Taliban had claimed responsibility for the killing, saying a ransom had not been paid.

Police discovered Dale wrapped in plastic near a western bypass road. His name was written on the white plastic bag with black marker.

Dale is the third Westerner killed in such a fashion in Pakistan - the others include Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and Piotr Stanczak, a Polish geologist, in 2009.

The Pakistan Taliban have been fighting a bloody insurgency against the Pakistani state since its formation in 2007.

It is close to al-Qaeda and it claimed credit for a failed car bomb attempt in New York's Times Square in May 2010.



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