UNHCR official kidnapped in Pakistan

The official is the regional head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UNHCR official kidnapped in Pakistan
Gunmen abducted an official of the U.N. refugee agency on Monday after shooting his driver in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said.

John Solecki, an American national, was seized as he travelled to his office in Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan province, which borders Afghanistan and Iran.

Solecki is the regional head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The official with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was on his way to his office when gunmen intercepted his vehicle and opened fire, said Quetta police official Wazir Khan Nasir.

"The gunmen have taken him with them after shooting his driver," Nasir said, adding the Pakistani driver died in hospital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility or ransom demand was reported following the abduction.

The UN confirmed that an official with the UNHCR had been kidnapped, but did not disclose the official's name or nationality, pending notification of his relatives.

Agencies
Last Mod: 02 Şubat 2009, 14:08
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