The beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the International Committee of the Red Cross was found by the roadside yesterday, in Pakistan. Police and Red Cross officials confirm the location as Quetta, in the southwest.

Khalil Rasjed Dale, 60, was abducted by suspected militants on Janunary 5th while on his way home from work.  Police discovered him wrapped in plastic in the     Baluchistan province where separatist militants are fighting a protracted insurgency for more autonomy. His name was written on the white plastic bag with black marker.

Dale had worked for the ICRC and the British Red Cross in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq before coming to Pakistan. He had been managing a health programme for Baluchistan for almost a year when he was abducted. Another friend, journalist Frank Ryan, said Dale had encountered dangerous situations working in Somalia.