Pakistani militants release video of Pole’s beheading

February 9th, 2009 - 4:32 am ICT by IANS  

TalibanIslamabad, Feb 9 (DPA) Pakistani militants Sunday released what appeared to be video footage of a Polish engineer’s beheading, local media reported.
Selective shots broadcast by the private Duniya news channel showed the Polish national, Peter Stanczak, squatting on the floor with two masked gunmen standing on either side.

A militant, who appeared to be filming the hostage, could be heard asking Stanczak questions in English. The engineer reportedly blamed Pakistani authorities for not doing enough to secure his release.

The Polish citizen is also heard asking his government not to send troops to Muslim countries, an apparent reference to Afghanistan where Western forces have been fighting the Taliban since 2001.

Duniya said the video later showed the militants slaying Stanczak, but the TV channel did not broadcast these images.

Poland’s Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski, citing “reliable but unconfirmed” reports, told the country’s news agency PAP at a security conference in Munich Sunday that the Polish engineer had been killed.

“The Polish geologist working for the development of Pakistan was killed only yesterday,” Sikorski said.

Stanczak was seized by militants who ambushed his vehicle in Pakistan’s Attock district, about 85 km from capital Islamabad, Sep 28. They first killed his driver and two guards and offered to exchange him for 61 of their colleagues held by Pakistan.

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