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Pakistan: ICRC staff member abducted in Quetta

05-01-2012 News Release 12/01

Islamabad/Geneva (ICRC) – An employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was abducted by armed men today in the Pakistani town of Quetta.

The incident occurred at around 1 p.m. local time. Health programme manager Khalil Rasjed Dale, a British national, was on his way home from work in a clearly-marked ICRC vehicle when he was seized some 200 metres away from an ICRC residence.

The ICRC currently has no indication as to the abductors’ identities or motives. Mr Dale’s family was informed immediately.

Despite the incident, the ICRC will be continuing its humanitarian work in Pakistan.

The ICRC is calling for the rapid and unconditional release of its kidnapped staff member.

For further information, please contact:
Sitara Jabeen, ICRC Islamabad, tel: +92 300 850 56 93
Marek Resich, ICRC Islamabad, tel: +92 302 820 97 75
Christian Cardon, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 36 26 or +41 79 251 93 02