QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Armed men kidnapped a British Red Cross worker from the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta today, highlighting the fragile security situation in the country, police said.

The incident took place hours after Islamist militants elsewhere in the country killed 15 Pakistani security officers they had seized last month close to the Afghan border and left their naked, bullet- riddled bodies sprawled on the ground.

Police officer Nazir Ahmed Kurd said the man was taken from a vehicle close to a Red Cross office in an upscale housing complex in Quetta. The assailants bundled him into their car and drove off. Kurd said the man had been visiting a local school.

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