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Kidnapped ICRC delegate murdered in Pakistan

29-04-2012 News Footage

ICRC Director of Operations Pierre Krähenbühl expresses sadness and outrage at the murder of an ICRC delegate

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Pierre Krähenbühl, Director of Operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), confirms today the murder of its staff member Khalil Rasjed Dale, four months after his kidnapping in Quetta/Balochistan, Pakistan.

Khalil worked for the ICRC and the British Red Cross for many years, carrying out assignments in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq. He had been working as a health-programme manager in Quetta/Balochistan for almost a year. At about 1 p.m. on 5 January 2012, he was abducted by unidentified armed men while returning home from work.

The ICRC has been active in Pakistan since 1947, providing humanitarian services in the fields of health-care, in particular physical rehabilitation, including in Balochistan.

Statement available in English and French on the ICRC Video Newsroom.

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SOUNDBITES Pierre Krähenbühl, Director of Operations, ICRC:

0:00 It is with deep sorrow and sadness that the ICRC today confirms the murder of its colleague Khalil Dale, a British national who had been held hostage in Pakistan since 5th of January.

We are deeply shocked and outraged at this appalling and tragic news.  And our first thoughts go out to the family of Khalil, to his friends and to all the colleagues who worked with him over the years and came to appreciate him.

0:29 Khalil was a trusted and experienced staff member who was profoundly committed to the humanitarian cause and to the work of the Red Cross.

That's is how we will remember him and honour his memory.

0:42 There are still many uncertainties around the exact circumstances of his killing. For the moment we are focused on absorbing the shock and the impact of his brutal murder.

0:54 Every hostage crisis always entails risks, but the ICRC spared no effort and worked extremely hard to secure Khalil's release. END

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  • Release year: April 2012
  • Production locations: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Running time: 1'05 min.
  • Languages available: English, French

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