UK aid worker seized in Pakistan
A British Red Cross aid worker has been kidnapped by gunmen in Pakistan.
Khalil Dale is understood to have been abducted by unidentified assailants close to his base in Quetta, in the troubled south-western Baluchistan province.
A spokesman for the charity said colleagues were "very concerned" for his welfare.
Mr Dale, a health programme manager who was seconded to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was abducted as he made his way home in a clearly-marked ICRC vehicle at around 1pm local time.
His assailants are said to have bundled him into a car close to an ICRC residence, in an upscale housing complex.
Nazir Kurd, a senior police official in Quetta, said Mr Dale was abducted by "unknown gunmen riding a Landcruiser" following a visit to a local school. Another officer, Ahsan Mahboob, said the aid worker had been travelling with a Pakistani doctor and a driver who were not seized.
In a statement, the charity called for Mr Dale's "rapid and unconditional release".
"The ICRC currently has no indication as to the abductors' identities or motives," it said. "Despite the incident, the ICRC will be continuing its humanitarian work in Pakistan."
A spokesman for the British Red Cross said: "We are aware of an incident involving a Red Cross worker in Pakistan earlier today and are working with the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Red Cross Red Crescent Movement internationally to seek further clarification of the situation."
Quetta is the main town of the insurgency-hit Baluchistan province, which borders both Iran and Afghanistan. Situated close to Pakistan's border with southern Afghanistan, it is home to the Quetta Shura - the Taliban's leadership council - and is believed to direct a considerable portion of Taliban activity.