6 Pakistani workers of Polish company freed after 6 months


PESHAWAR -- Six Pakistani employees of a Polish oil and gas company who were kidnapped last year by the Taliban have been freed, a senior government official said Monday (June 5).

The workers from Geofizyka Krakow were kidnapped by the Pakistani Taliban last November in Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

"They have been freed unconditionally and were handed over to us late Sunday," Zafrul Islam Khattak, the top government official in South Waziristan Agency, told AFP.

Khattak said the release took place with the help of tribal elders who negotiated with the kidnappers, who were based in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

The tribal elders received the six workers at the Pakistani-Afghan border and handed them over to Pakistani authorities, he added.

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