AP: British Red Cross worker kidnapped in #Pakistan http://snup.us/niY
Armed men kidnapped a British Red Cross worker from the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Thursday, police and the Red Cross said, highlighting the fragile security situation in the country.
The incident took place hours after Islamist militants elsewhere in the country killed 15 Pakistani security officers they seized last month close to the Afghan border and left their naked, bullet-riddled bodies sprawled on the ground.
Police officer Nazir Ahmed Kurd said the man was taken from a vehicle in an upscale housing complex in Quetta. The assailants bundled him into their car and drove off. Kurd said the man was visiting a local school.
Sitara Jabeen, an International Committee of the Red Cross spokeswoman, said health program manager Khalil Rasjed Dale, a British national, was on his way home from work in a clearly marked ICRC vehicle when he was seized near his residence.
In a statement, she said despite the incident, the ICRC would continue its humanitarian work in Pakistan. She called for a “rapid and unconditional release” of Dale.
Baluchistan province is home to Islamist militants and separatist insurgents.
Both groups have kidnapped foreigners and locals in the region before.