QUETTA, Pakistan — Armed men seized a British Red Cross worker from the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Thursday, police said.
Officer Nazir Ahmed Kurd said the man was seized from a vehicle that was heading to a Red Cross office in an upscale housing complex in Quetta. The assailants bundled him into their car and drove off. He had been visiting a local school.
International Committee of the Red Cross spokeswoman Sitara Jabeen declined to disclose the man's name or nationality, but confirmed one of the group's workers had been seized.
Quetta is home to Islamist militants as well as separatist insurgents. Both have kidnapped foreigners and locals in the region before.
Another officer, Ahsan Mahboob, said the man was was traveling with a Pakistani doctor and a driver. They were not seized, he said.
In 2009, an American working for the United Nations refugee agency in the city was kidnapped and held for two months.
Ahmed reported from Quetta.