30 Apr 2012

Kidnapped Red Cross worker killed

5:38 am on 30 April 2012

A British aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan in January has been found dead.

Khalil Dale, aged 60, who worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, was kidnapped in Quetta, south-west Pakistan.

His body was found in an orchard in Quetta with a note saying he had been killed by the Taliban. He had been beheaded.

The Red Cross says it was a barbaric act.

The BBC reports it is understood those holding him had asked for a huge ransom which could not be paid.

Mr Dale had worked for the ICRC and the British Red Cross for many years, carrying out assignments in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

In August last year, a US aid worker was kidnapped in the city of Lahore. Nothing has been heard of him since.