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Kidnapped Pole in Video Appeal
October 22, 2008   
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A Polish engineer kidnapped in northern Pakistan Sept. 28 has appealed to the Pakistani government to save his life by agreeing to the demands of his Taliban kidnappers, the internet edition of the Pakistani daily Dawn reported Oct.14.

On a video recording sent to the newspaper's offices, the Pole read out a statement in both English and Polish. The recording was thought to have been made at an unknown location on the Afghan border with Pakistan.

According to the newspaper, Taliban fighters from the Darra Adam K hel region announced at the beginning of October that the Pole had been captured. Their spokesman told journalists that the Pole had been transported from Attock, the area in which he was kidnapped, to Kohat, in the North West Frontier Province, and then on to an unknown location. The spokesman threatened the hostage would be killed if the authorities did not heed kidnappers' demands to free Taliban fighters.

Geofizyka Kraków, the kidnapped Pole's employer, confirmed that the man pictured on the Dawn paper's website was its missing employee.

"We are relieved that our employee appears alive and well," said Magdalena Pachocka, the company's spokeswoman.

"We have received information about the DVD recording," said Piotr Paszkowski, spokesman for the Polish foreign ministry, who added that the Pole appeared not to have been mistreated. He said that everything possible was being done to free the hostage.
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