The Taliban in Pakistan have claimed responsibility for a British Red Cross doctor who was beheaded and found along a roadside this past Sunday within 12 hours of discovery.
The body of 60-year-old Khalil Rasjed Dale, was found wrapped in plastic with his name written on it in black marker. Dale had been abducted by the Taliban while working for the International Committee of the Red Cross, back on January 5th and claimed he was killed because the ransom requested was never paid.
Safdar Hussain, a doctor who examined the body after it discovery, believes that Dale’s head was severed with a sharp knife, and that he had only been killed within 12 hours before the discovery.
“The ICRC condemns in the strongest possible terms this barbaric act,” ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord said in a statement. “All of us at the ICRC and at the British Red Cross share the grief and outrage of Khalil’s family and friends.”
“This was a senseless and cruel act, targeting someone whose role was to help the people of Pakistan, and causing immeasurable pain to those who knew Mr. Dale,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in the statement.
This is the third Westerner since 2002 to be abducted and killed in Pakistan. Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl was also beheaded in 2002 after his kidnapping, as well was Polish geologist, Piotr Stanczak in 2009.