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Poland says engineer held by Taliban believed dead

WARSAW: Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Saturday that the country has received unofficial confirmation that a Polish engineer, named Piotr Stancza, kidnapped by the Taliban in Pakistan has been killed. “We do not have a solid proof but we have received unofficial confirmation that this tragedy indeed took place,” he told reporters in Munich in comments broadcast live on Polish TV.

In a press briefing in Warsaw, the deputy foreign minister Jacek Najder said the Pakistani interior ministry had received information from three independent sources the Polish engineer was killed. A Taliban spokesman said he had been killed on Saturday but the body would not be handed over until captured fighters were released.

Piotr Stancza, an engineer for the Polish company Geofizyka Krakow, was kidnapped on Sept. 28 while visiting a site near Attock city. Gunmen shot dead his Pakistani driver, bodyguard and translator before taking him hostage.-SANA

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