Taliban threaten to kill Pakistani dam workers

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 13:50 hrs

Islamabad, Nov 27 (IANS) The Pakistani Taliban Tuesday threatened to kill eight kidnapped employees of a dam project by Dec 3 if the government failed to meet the terror outfit's demands, the Dawn reported.

The kidnapped people worked at the Gomal Zam Dam hydro−electric power and irrigation project in South Waziristan region. They are two engineers, four security personnel and two staffers.

A 46−minute video, recorded Nov 23 and released Tuesday, showed the kidnapped men seeking the government's help and relaying the militants' message. It gave the government six days to react.

One of the kidnapped engineers, Shahid Ali Khan, is seen speaking in the video which has the Tehrik−i−Taliban Pakistan's name written in the background.

It also shows gun−toting men whose faces cannot be seen.

The eight officials were kidnapped from Tank−Wana road while they were on their way from the dam to Dera Ismail Khan for Eid−ul−Fitr holidays on Aug 15.

The militants' demands, however, remain unknown, the Dawn said.

Security forces have recovered the vehicle of the kidnapped workers from Neeli Kach area of South Waziristan.

The local administration has also held a number of jirgas (or tribal council meetings) to discuss the means for the safe rescue of the eight men.

While no concrete demands were put forward in the video by the militants, sources told the daily the Taliban want release of prisoners and ransom money of more than Rs.100 million.

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