Red Cross Red Crescent condemns the murder of aid worker

Published: 29 April 2012

Geneva - 29 April 2012- Dr Khalil, a 60 year-old International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) health-programme manager and former British Red Cross delegate based in Quetta/ Pakistan was murdered almost four months after his kidnapping.

Deeply shocked, we at IFRC express our strongest condemnation of this brutal act that saddens the whole humanitarian community and demeans our fundamental principles. The loss of Dr Khalil is a tragic example of what is the most unacceptable of outcomes for any aid organisation, in particular the Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies.

Our heartfelt and sincere condelences go to Dr Khalil’s family and friends. We would also like to express our full support to the ICRC and all those who had been closely working with him over these past years, especially the delegates and volunteers from the Pakistan Red Crescent Society.

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