Pak Taliban releases video of Polish engineers beheading

February 9th, 2009 - 11:59 am ICT by ANI  


Peshawar, Feb 9 (ANI): Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has released a videotape showing the beheading of Polish geologist Poitr Stancza, and warned other kidnapped foreigners would meet the same fate if their demands were not met.

Before Stancza was killed, the seven-minute video shows the blindfolded geologist making an appeal to the Polish Government to not send troops to Afghanistan.

He asked the Polish Government to sever diplomatic relations with Pakistan if it did not try to seek his release.

The video includes a statement by the Taliban, claiming they had other foreign nationals in their custody, including a Chinese, who would be beheaded if the Pakistan Government did not accept their demands, the Dawn reported.

The Taliban said on Saturday that they had killed Stancza because the government had refused to free 60 detained militants.

Earlier, a spokesman for the militants in Darra Adamkhel refused to hand over the body of the slain engineer unless the government accepted their demands.

A Taliban spokesman said the Taliban would swap the body of the engineer with our men in governments custody.

Stancza was kidnapped in September 2008 when he was on a visit to his companys site in Attock.

The spokesman, who identified himself only as Mohammad, said the government had underestimated their strength and offered Rs.100 million for unconditional release of Stancza, but accepting money would be tantamount to betraying our fighters.

The spokesman also claimed responsibility for Saturdays attack on a security checkpost in Mianwali and said: Our leaders have formally allowed our volunteers to carry out attacks in Punjab, which they have been planning for two years.

He also claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a procession of Shia mourners in Dera Ghazi Khan and warned of more such attacks in Punjab in near future. (ANI)

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