British Aid Worker' Body Found Beheaded Along Roadside In Quetta Pakistan; More US Drone Strikes
The body of Khalil Rasjed Dale was found beheaded and wrapped in a plastic sheet along a road near Baluchistan Pakistan. Dale was a ICRC and British Red Cross aid worker who ran a humanitarian aid camp.
His name had been written on the plastic with a black marker along with a note that said his ransom had not been paid. He had been originally been kidnapped in January.
According to Pakistan police reports, Dale's head was cut off by a small sharp knife that sawed through the neck.
"The ICRC condemns in the strongest possible terms this barbaric act," ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord said in a statement. "All of us at the ICRC and at the British Red Cross share the grief and outrage of Khalil's family and friends."
The British Foreign Secretary William Hague said, "This was a senseless and cruel act, targeting someone whose role was to help the people of Pakistan, and causing immeasurable pain to those who knew Mr Dale."
Four health workers, including two doctors, were kidnapped by militants the week before Dale's disappearance from the Pishin area of Baluchistan, near Quetta. They were freed after a shootout between police and their kidnappers.
The US has resumed drone strikes inside Pakistan yesterday at suspected militant compounds in Waziristan, Pakistan killing 6 militants. The resumption in drone strikes by the US has caused the nascent progress in the US-Pakistani relationship rebuilding to nearly fall apart again.