Senior UNHCR official kidnapped in Pak, driver killed

February 2nd, 2009 - 1:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Quetta, Feb 2 (ANI): A senior official of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been kidnapped on Monday in Quetta, the largest city and the provincial capital of the Balochistan Province of Pakistan.

According to initial reports, unknown persons opened fire on the car of head of UNHCR Balochistan John Solecki as soon as he left the home for office.

Syed Hashim Raza, the driver of Solecki has been killed in the incident whereas attackers abducted John Solecki.

Senior police officials have reached the scene after the incident, The News reported.

Police have cordoned off the area and launched search operation for the recovery of the UNHCR official.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of UNHCR said investigations are underway about the reports of kidnapping.

Security has beefed up at the offices of UN and foreign NGOs after the incident. (ANI)

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