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Polish Engineer Kidnapped in Pakistan

  • VOA News

Officials in Pakistan say gunmen have kidnapped a Polish engineer in the country's north after killing his Pakistani driver, body guard and assistant.

Authorities say armed men ambushed the car carrying the men on Sunday in the Attock district of the Punjab province.

Officials say the kidnapped engineer worked for Geofizyka Krakow, an oil company.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Similar kidnappings have been blamed on Taliban militants. In August, two Chinese telecommunication engineers were kidnapped by the Taliban in northwestern Pakistan. Eariler this month, gunmen abducted Afghanistan's top diplomat in Pakistan and killed his driver during an attack in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

In other violence, Pakistani troops say they killed at least sixteen Taliban militants late Saturday in the Bajaur tribal district near the country's border with Afghanistan.

Officials say the clashes began when militants attacked three military posts near Khar, the region's main town. Pakistan's military has launched a series of operations in Bajaur, which is seen as a stronghold for Al Qaida militants in the area.

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