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UNICEF Employees Missing in Karachi

by AFP
Indranil Mukherjee—AFP

Indranil Mukherjee—AFP

Police say they are investigating whether the local staff was kidnapped.

Two local employees of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have gone missing in Karachi and police on Sunday said they might have been kidnapped. Both disappeared on Thursday, said Vittorio Cammarota, a U.N. spokesperson, in a statement.

“UNICEF can confirm that two of its national staff went missing on Thursday evening in Karachi. The police are managing the investigation and are in close contact with the families and so is the UNICEF country office,” it said.

Police in Karachi suspect the pair were kidnapped. “It is very possible that they might have been kidnapped,” said senior police official Javed Alam Odho, adding they were in Karachi for a picnic at a resort on the outskirts of the city.

Muhammad Sammad, another police official, said the wife of one staffer had informed police about the incident and a search had begun.

Karachi, a city of 18 million, is home to Pakistan’s stock exchange and contributes 42 percent of the country’s GDP. But it is also plagued by sectarian, ethnic and political violence as well as kidnapping and other crime.

Criminal gangs run rampage on the city’s streets, robbing people on an everyday basis, while bank robberies and extortion are frequent occurrences.

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