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British aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan

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Published: 5th Jan 2012 11:44:41

A British aid worker has been kidnapped in south-west Pakistan, local police have said.

Khalil Ahmad Dell, who works for the International Committee of the Red Cross, was taken by gunmen from a vehicle outside his office in Quetta, Baluchistan.

A senior police official said Mr Dell had a British passport.

The Foreign Office said it was investigating reports of the incident and the charity said it was concerned.

The kidnapping happened in a designated secure "red zone" at the centre of the city.

According to the Associated Press news agency, Mr Dell was in a vehicle when it was stopped and he was bundled by the gunmen into their car and driven off.

His fellow passenger - a Pakistani doctor - and a driver were not seized, it added, quoting local police.

Quetta, close to the border with Afghanistan and to Pakistan's troubled tribal areas, has been beset with problems of militancy.

There is known to be a Taliban presence there, but there has also been violence connected to the separatist movement in Baluchistan.

The Foreign Office currently advises against "all but essential" travel to Quetta.

Advice on its website warns of a "heightened risk from kidnapping and militant activity" in much of Baluchistan.

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