Mercy Corps Halts Pakistan Operations After Employee’s Killing

Mercy Corps stopped its operations in Pakistan after a local employee was killed by kidnappers. Photo by: John Stephens / Mercy Corps

Foreign aid group Mercy Corps has stopped its operations in Pakistan after one of its employees was killed.

Kidnappers abducted four Pakistani Mercy Corps employees working on health programs February 18, The Associated Press reports.

The 52-year-old driver, identified only as Habibullah, was killed earlier this month, according to a press release from the aid organization. The whereabouts and fate of the other three staffers remain unknown.

Mercy Corps, which has been working on a variety of aid programs in Pakistan since 1986, has not determined how long it should suspend its operations in the country.

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