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PM David Cameron shocked by killing of aid worker Khalil Dale in Pakistan

By Lauren Turner

The murder of a British aid worker whose body was found dumped in an orchard in Pakistan has been condemned by the Prime Minister as a “shocking and merciless act”.

Khalil Dale (60) was kidnapped at gunpoint in January while working with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Baluchistan province.

David Cameron said: “I was deeply saddened to hear today about the brutal murder of Khalil Dale — a man who was killed whilst providing humanitarian support to others.

“This was a shocking and merciless act, carried out by people with no respect for human life and the rule of law. Khalil Dale has dedicated many years of his life to helping some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said “tireless efforts” had been made over the past months to secure Mr Dale's release.

Mr Dale, from Dumfries, Scotland, who had changed his name from Ken after becoming a Muslim, had been working in Pakistan for nearly a year.

A note found attached to his body said that he was killed because no ransom was paid to his captors.

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