11.9.01

Poland Vows to Bring Taliban Killers of Polish Hostage to Justice

In Other Terrorist Events, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Taliban on February 9, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Poland vows vengence for Piotr Stanczak:

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on Monday denounced the execution of a Polish hostage by the Pakistani Taliban and vowed to hunt down his killers. Pakistan’s umbrella Taliban group released a video of the execution of hostage Piotr Stanczak on Sunday. “The cassette of the execution, this bestial execution, is authentic and unfortunately it confirms the worst,” Sikorski told reporters. Stanczak was the father of a 13-year-old son.

“Never in Poland have we had such a situation,” said Jacek Cichocki, security adviser to Prime Minister Donald Tusk. “We see films about citizens from other countries — Americans, British — but not Poles.”

He added: “The hostagetakers initially wanted the release of 60 Islamist fighters held in Pakistan. Then they brought down the number, and ended by demanding the release of no more than four detainees.”

The killer of US journalist Daniel Pearl, slain after he was kidnapped in 2002 in Pakistan, was among those whose release was sought, Polish officials said.

Deputy foreign minister Jacek Najder told Polish broadcasters Monday that Poland would call on Pakistan to return the body of the first Polish hostage to die since Warsaw sided with Washington in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

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