British Aid Worker Kidnapped in Pakistan
Follow @smoughtsJanuary 5, 2012, 6:08 pm ET
Khalil Dale, a British aid worker employed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was kidnapped today at gunpoint while he was driving home from his office in Quetta, Pakistan.
According to witnesses, eight masked gunmen were waiting for Dale in a Toyota Land Cruiser outside of the ICRC’s office in a well-protected neighborhood, home to many international organizations.
A longtime humanitarian aid worker, Dale is no stranger to the dangers inherent in his line of work. From 1991 to 1993, he worked in field hospitals and distributed aid in an area of Somalia where, at the time, 350 people were dying every day from the Biblical-scale famine. He spoke to FRONTLINE for our 1998 film Ambush in Mogadishu about how the experience became a turning point for the Red Cross:
No one has yet claimed responsibility for Dale’s kidnapping. Quetta is located in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province, which has been the scene of a decades-long ethnic insurgency; it’s also believed to be where senior Taliban leadership resides. A number of Westerners have been kidnapped in the city in recent years, by both Baluch separatists and Islamic militants.
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