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Plea over video of UK aid worker's execution

By Andrew Buncombe and Charlie Cooper

The Red Cross appealed yesterday to the Pakistani media not to broadcast footage of the murder of the British aid worker Khalil ‘Ken’ Dale, which his killers have threatened to release.

Efforts to repatriate the 60-year-old's remains were under way last night, after they were discovered on the outskirts of the south-western city of Quetta on Sunday morning. Sources said Mr Dale had let it be known that, in the event of his death, he wanted to be buried in Britain. As tributes continued to pour in for Mr Dale, officials said they were working to repatriate his body as quickly as possible.

Sean Maguire, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, which employed Mr Dale, said every effort was made to secure his release after he was kidnapped in January.

Officials said a note was left with his corpse, saying: “This is the body of Khalil who we have slaughtered for not paying a ransom.” It said a video of the moment his throat was cut would soon be released.

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