The murder of a Dumfries aid worker whose body was found dumped in an orchard in Pakistan has been condemned by the Prime Minister as a "shocking and merciless act".
Khalil Dale, 60, was kidnapped in January while working with the Red Cross in Baluchistan province.
David Cameron said: "I was deeply saddened to hear today about the brutal murder of Khalil Dale - a man who was killed whilst providing humanitarian support to others.
"This was a shocking and merciless act, carried out by people with no respect for human life and the rule of law.
"Khalil Dale has dedicated many years of his life to helping some of the most vulnerable people in the world and my thoughts today are with his friends and family."
There's been further political reaction to confirmation that a Dumfries aid worker has been murdered after being kidnapped in Pakistan.
The body of Khalil Dale - formerly known as Ken - was found on the outskirts of the city of Quetta.
He was abducted by gunmen in January.
The 60 year old had been working for the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Today Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown said: "I am extremely disappointed and angry in the manner of Ken's death.
"His murder appears to have been a savage one and there are many people here in the local area who will be deeply saddened and upset at the news.
"The Foreign Office as far as I can tell supported the International Committee of the Red Cross in their efforts to secure his release.
"I am personally shocked that there wasn't a successful outcome."
Friends of murdered Dumfries aid worker Kahlil Dale have spoken of their shock at his death.
Shiela Howat used to work with Mr Dale - formerly known as Ken - in the casualty department of the town's hospital.
Today she said: "It's the saddest day ever. We have lost such a great person.
"My friend Ken was the most wonderful man you could wish to meet. His entire life was given to caring for others.
"What they did was unbelievable and barbaric. He cared for others and got no thanks in return."
Mrs Howat added: "It's difficult to say if you should have done more. I contact the Foreign Office and my local MP who advised a quiet time but in hindsight I think we should have done more for Ken."
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