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Kidnapped Red Cross worker found dead in Haiti

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Port-au-Prince (dpa) - An International Red Cross worker who had been kidnapped was found dead with a bullet wound to the head, the humanitarian group said.
The Haitian national had worked for the Red Cross for 10 years, the group said in a statement late Thursday. It did not identify him.

Red Cross spokesman Wolde Saugeron said the man was kidnapped on Wednesday as he was arriving home. His body was found in the Carrefour district of Port-au-Prince.

The statement expressed concern at the worsening security situation in Haiti after a wave of abductions of foreigners and public officials in the last month.

Authorities blame supporters of ousted former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide for the crimes.

On Tuesday, United Nations peacekeeping troops in Haiti rescued another Red Cross worker, Wendy Maude, who also had been kidnapped a day earlier.

Foreign embassies in Port-au-Prince have reduced their personnel in view of escalating violence. dpa am tc

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