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British nurse kidnapped in volatile Pakistan city of Quetta

Khalil Dale, a British nurse, was kidnapped in one of the most volatile areas of Pakistan when he was seized by gunmen after visiting a local hospital.

The Telegraph   January 5, 2012

Mr Dale, a veteran aid worker who served as health programme manager for the International Committee of the Red Cross, was abducted in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province in south-western Pakistan.

This vast area, bordering both Afghanistan and Iran, endures a nationalist insurgency waged against Pakistan’s central government and also serves as a base for senior Taliban commanders.

The leadership council of the Afghan Taliban, known as the “Quetta Shura”, is thought to meet in the city.

Mr Dale, 60, has been based in Quetta since last February. Along with a driver and a local doctor, he was returning to his residence in a closely guarded area of the city when seven or eight armed men in a jeep blocked his vehicle.

“An armed man got out, pointed a gun at the driver and took his keys,” said Nazir Kurd, a senior police official in Quetta. “He then forced Dale at gunpoint into his car.”

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