Khalil Rasjed Dale, missing British aid worker, found dead in Pakistan


A Pakistani police official looks at the covered dead body of British aid worker Khalil Rasjed Dale (L), found on a road side in Quetta on April 29, 2012.


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The dead body of a British aid worker abducted four months ago was found today in the Pakistani city of Quetta, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Khalil Rasjed Dale, 60, was abducted in January on his way back to his home in Quetta, a volatile city in south-western Pakistan, reported BBC.  

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The ICRC condemned the act "in the strongest possible terms" in a statement, while British Foreign Secretary William Hague today denounced it as "senseless and cruel," according to BBC

Local police told BBC that Dale's body was discovered in a Quetta accompanied with a note from the Taliban that claimed responsibility for his death.  

A Quetta hospital official, Dr. Safdar, told Newsweek Pakistan that “[w]e received a beheaded body packed in a plastic bag early in the morning."

Dale managed the local health program in Quetta, according to ICRC. He had previously served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia during his seven years with the red cross, said Newsweek Pakistan.  

His captors were thought to have demanded an insurmountable sum in ransom, reported BBC