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Khalil Dale, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Programme Manager, murdered in Pakistan


London, England, 01 May 2012

Khalil Dale, health programme manager for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has been reported murdered in Pakistan. 

Khalil Dale, a British citizen, was kidnapped on 5 January 2012 in Quetta / Balochistan. Although hostage negotiations had taken place, he was murdered and his body discovered on Sunday, 29 April.

The Guardian reports:

Police found his body on Sunday, three months after he was kidnapped at gunpoint while driving back to his guest house in a vehicle clearly marked with the ICRC's insignia. Despite extensive efforts by a small team of hostage negotiators the abductors slit the 60-year-old's throat with a knife and dumped his body on the outskirts of the city.

"We also found a note with the body saying he was killed because our ransom demands had not been met," said Haider Zaman, a senior policeman.

Khalil Dale had worked as a humanitarian worker in Kenya, Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan for the ICRC and the British Red Cross. He was awarded an MBE in 1994.

ECN extends its condolences to his family, friends and co-workers. 

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