Murdered aid worker aware of danger

A British aid worker whose body was found dumped in an orchard in Pakistan knew the work he was doing was dangerous, his half-brother has said.

Khalil Dale was abducted at gunpoint in January while working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Baluchistan province.

His kidnappers left a note on his body saying he had been killed because they had not received a ransom.

His half-brother Peter Dale, from Bramham, near Leeds, told the Yorkshire Post: "He thought it was wonderful to be working there. He knew his work was dangerous." Mr Dale, who is 21 years older than Khalil, added: "He led an incredible life."

The 60-year-old Scot from Dumfries, who was born in York, had been awarded the MBE for his humanitarian work overseas.

He changed his name from Ken when he became a Muslim, was engaged to be married and had been living in Pakistan for nearly a year.

Mr Dale was travelling home from a local school, in a clearly-marked ICRC vehicle, when kidnappers bundled him into a car in the city of Quetta on January 5.

The identities of his captors are unknown, but the region is home to separatist and Islamist militants who have kidnapped for ransom before.

Tributes have poured in since his death, led by Prime Minister David Cameron who described the killing as "a shocking and merciless act, carried out by people with no respect for human life and the rule of law".

Mr Dale worked for the ICRC and the British Red Cross for many years, the charity said, having previously been posted in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq.