Gunmen kidnap Pakistani Christian staff of S Korean hospital in Karachi: Police

Published: February 29, 2012
Four armed men stopped a car taking employees to hospital in Orangi, says police. PHOTO: FILE

Four armed men stopped a car taking employees to hospital in Orangi, says police. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Gunmen abducted two Pakistani Christians working for a South Korean-run hospital in Karachi on Wednesday, police said.

Kidnappings by criminal groups for ransom are relatively common. Foreigners can be a particular target with five foreign aid and development workers missing or kidnapped in Pakistan since last August.

Four armed men stopped a car taking the employees to work in the western neighbourhood of Orangi, local police station chief Sabir Khan told AFP.

“They asked the occupants: ‘Who is Korean among you?’ They replied ‘none of us’,” the police officer said.

“However they snatched two hospital employees – a computer operator and an administration assistant. Both are members of the Pakistani Christian community, and fled in a car,” he said.

No foreigners were in the vehicle that was stopped, Khan said.

“We have sent teams to track down the kidnappers and recover the staff members,” he added.

The hospital is run by a South Korean charity, Khan said. Korean doctors work at the hospital and live on the premises, the policeman said.

Male nurse Austin John, a 30-year-old Pakistani, told AFP he had narrowly escaped being kidnapped along with his colleagues.

“A blue car intercepted us and four men who looked Pashtun from the northwest came out. They ordered us to get out and asked: ‘Who is Korean among you?’” he said.

Their driver fled and the three hospital staff members were bundled towards the kidnappers’ car, John said.

“But there wasn’t enough space and they dropped me. One of them said ‘shoot him in the back’ but I got unexpected courage and ran for safety behind the van and shouted for help. They fled,” he said.

The Good Samaritan Hospital treats mostly poor Pakistanis and has been run by a South Korean charity for more than a decade, one of its doctors told AFP.

Two months ago, a South Korean affiliated to a nearby church was shot and wounded, and three years ago a local employee was briefly abducted but released unharmed, the doctor told AFP by telephone. “But this is the first time that our employees have been abducted in an armed hold-up like this. There were no direct threats to the hospital but we had felt insecure over the past few months and police beefed up security.”

Ten doctors work at the Good Samaritan Hospital, six of them foreigners, and the clinic treats mostly poor Pakistanis for a nominal fee.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Truth Teller
    Feb 29, 2012 - 11:57AM

    Good PR! We even bite the feeding hands. Bravo!


  • qambar
    Feb 29, 2012 - 1:01PM

    Some thing worng somwhere . we need to open our eyes before it is to late like Balochisatn


  • Qasim
    Feb 29, 2012 - 1:29PM

    Pathetic; we will not do it nor will we let others help those suffering. Such criminals should be shot on the spot once caught; police/courts are not helping the matters.


  • Afzaal Khan
    Feb 29, 2012 - 2:00PM

    Could someone plz explain to me why mentioning that the kidnapped were christian is news worthy. Since kidnappers were looking for only koreans and when they didn’t find them kidnapped whoever was available. Seems a clear case of kidnap for ransom without any thought abt person’s religion. But then I expect this from ET


  • John B
    Feb 29, 2012 - 2:16PM

    Lord forgive them, they know not what they are doing.


  • Feb 29, 2012 - 3:42PM

    This is a ploy by enemies of Pakistan to spread insecurity among minorities. Pakistan is the bestest country in the world for minorities


  • Someone
    Feb 29, 2012 - 4:18PM

    And still our inept law enforcement agencies will be sleeping. Terrorists and those who break the law must be dealth with an iron hand. The only solution for these type of criminals is a death sentence and a coffin for burial.


  • Umer
    Feb 29, 2012 - 4:57PM

    What kind of a picture is this for the story! Lazy journalism!


  • MyHeartSpeaks
    Feb 29, 2012 - 5:42PM

    Hundreds of people are kidnapped in law-less country like Pakistan on daily basis. Kidnapper keep their eye on money only, not on religion. Then, why religion is so important for ET to mention, when it has nothing to do with kidnappers. Isn’t it discrimination??


  • PakPunjabi
    Mar 1, 2012 - 1:06AM

    Pakistan has become what Chicago was in the 1930’s. We do not have political parties. MQM, PPP, ANP, and PML are all mafias. They are armed to the teeth. Anybody who dares speak out against them is killed or simply disappears and is later found mutilated in a gunny bag. It’s like a movie; albeit and unfortunately a very tragic one…..


  • ron
    Mar 1, 2012 - 7:28AM

    what happened in Balochistan?


  • Abraham
    Mar 2, 2012 - 4:13PM

    My Goodness!!!!!!
    Pakistan is not a bad country but Pakistani are worst. They do all this terrorism by using the name of Islam. They don’t know what they are doing’ These people are illiterate’ which kind of heart they have…….. Satan working in them in fact they are the devils….
    May the Lord bring you’ll in His light from darkness.. The Lord please forgive them because they don’t know what they are doing……………..


  • Abraham
    Mar 2, 2012 - 4:14PM

    The Lord Jesus please forgive them…….


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