A British humanitarian worker has been killed in Pakistan after being kidnapped earlier this year, the Foreign Office said.

Foreign Secretary William Hague expressed his sympathy to the family of Khalil Dale, who was working with the Red Cross.

He said: "I learned with great sadness earlier today of the killing of Khalil Dale by his kidnappers in Baluchistan province, Pakistan.

"Mr Dale, a British humanitarian worker, was kidnapped in January this year. Since then tireless efforts have been under way to secure his release, and the British Government has worked closely with the Red Cross throughout.

"I utterly condemn the kidnapping and killing of Mr Dale, and send my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones as they come to terms with their tragic and distressing loss."

Mr Dale's body was found today on the outskirts of the city of Quetta.

The 60-year-old health programme manager, who was seconded to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), had been abducted by gunmen in Quetta as he made his way home in a clearly-marked ICRC vehicle on January 5. His assailants are said to have bundled him into a car some 200 meters from an ICRC residence, in an upscale housing complex.

At the time, police in Quetta said Mr Dale was abducted by unknown assailants riding a Landcruiser, following a visit to a local school. He had been travelling with a Pakistani doctor and a driver, who were not seized.

Speaking in January, the ICRC called for Mr Dale's "rapid and unconditional release" and said that his family had been informed immediately.

Quetta is the main town of the insurgency-hit Baluchistan province, which borders both Iran and Afghanistan.