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Polish hostage reported slain

February 08, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Pakistani militants said they killed a kidnapped Polish geologist, heightening fears for several foreigners abducted in the dangerous borderlands near Afghanistan, including an American U.N. worker.

There was no official confirmation that Piotr Stanczak was dead. However, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said that Warsaw had received "informal" word that the kidnappers had killed their hostage.

A spokesman for Taliban militants operating around the town of Darra Adam Khel said Stanczak was "slaughtered" because the government had missed a deadline to release 26 prisoners.

Gunmen pulled Stanczak from his car on Sept. 28 after killing three Pakistanis traveling with him near the city of Attock.

Stanczak had been surveying oil and gas fields in the region.

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