UN official kidnapped in PakistanSuspected Islamist militants kidnapped a UN official in the Pakistani city of Quetta Monday and killed his driver in a rare high-profile abduction Abduction
expecting inheritance, kidnapped by uncle. [Br. Lit.: Kidnapped]
kidnapped at age five; taken from Scotland. [Br. Lit. to rock the insurgency-plagued southwest.
Pakistani police said the victim was the regional chief of the UN refugee agency in Quetta and a foreigner, but the United Nations declined to specify either his nationality or his rank at the UNHCR UNHCR n abbr (= United Nations High Commission for Refugees) → ACNUR m
UNHCR n abbr (= United Nations High Commission for Refugees) → HCR m .
The official was snatched from his vehicle while travelling to work in Quetta, the provincial capital Noun 1. provincial capital - the capital city of a province
capital - a seat of government
city, metropolis, urban center - a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts; "Ancient Troy was a great city" of energy-rich Baluchistan, where regional insurgency, sectarian violence Sectarian violence or sectarian strife is violence inspired by sectarianism, that is, between different sects of one particular mode of thought, not necessarily religious (e.g. and attacks blamed on the Taliban occur.
"The UNHCR regional chief was on his way to (his) office when ambushed by unknown gunmen," local Pakistani police official Khalid Masood told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .
"They opened fire. His driver was wounded and died on the way to hospital," Masood told AFP.
"The gunmen took him (the UN official) away to an unknown location," the police official added.
A white jeep, with the blue insignia of the UNHCR, had apparently veered off the road and smashed into a brick wall. A small pool of blood could be seen on the pavement next to the driver's door, said an AFP photographer.
Although a frequent hazard in northwest Pakistan, foreign kidnappings in Baluchistan are rare.
The last foreign abduction reported in Baluchistan was in 1991 when a group of Afghan fighters kidnapped three Chinese engineers and took them across the border into Afghanistan. They were later released.
A UN official confirmed only that a colleague working for the UNHCR had been kidnapped in Quetta.
"I can confirm this unfortunate incident of a UN colleague's kidnapping this morning in Quetta and injuries to his driver," information officer Ishrat Rizvi told AFP by telephone in the Pakistan capital Islamabad.
"The UN is working with police and concerned officials to ensure that all appropriate measures are taken to address this situation," she added.
A local aid worker in the area, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that the kidnapped UNHCR officer was an expatriate.
Quetta city police chief Humayun Jogezai confirmed the incident and said paramilitary officers had been placed on standby.
"We have alerted the Frontier Corps The 'Frontier Corps (FC) are a Federal paramiltary force manned mostly by people from the tribal areas and officered by officers from the Pakistan Army. The FC Stationed in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Balochistan Province, are known as FC NWFP and FC Balochistan, and they are ready to act swiftly on any tip-off about the man who has been kidnapped," he told AFP.
"We will not waste a minute in raiding any place where we think this man is being held hostage," Jogezai said.
Another police official told AFP on condition of anonymity that "religious elements" may have been involved, adopting a euphemism eu·phe·mism
The act or an example of substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term for one considered harsh, blunt, or offensive: "Euphemisms such as 'slumber room' . . . for Islamist militants.
The driver of the UN vehicle was a Shiite, he said.
Hundreds of people have died in insurgent INSURGENT. One who is concerned in an insurrection. He differs from a rebel in this, that rebel is always understood in a bad sense, or one who unjustly opposes the constituted authorities; insurgent may be one who justly opposes the tyranny of constituted authorities. violence in Baluchistan, on the border with Afghanistan, since 2004, when rebels rose up demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the region's natural resources.
But most kidnappings in Pakistan take place in the northwest.
Gunmen kidnapped an Iranian diplomat, Hashmatullah Atharzadeh, and killed his local guard while he was on his to the consulate in Peshawar in November.
A Canadian journalist was also abducted abducted Distal angulation of an extremity away from the midline of the body in a transverse plane and away from a sagittal plane passing through the proximal aspect of the foot or part, or away from some other specified reference point in November in Pakistan's northern tribal region.
Suspected Taliban militants also kidnapped Afghan Consul General consul general
n. pl. consuls general Abbr. CG
A consul of the highest rank serving at a principal location and usually responsible for other consular offices within a country. Abdul Khaliq Farahi near Peshawar nearly two months ago and are still holding him.
Pakistan's military has been waging a major campaign in the tribal-dominated area against Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants, who are accused of launching attacks on international troops across the border in Afghanistan.