7 including 4 of Polish oil firm workers kidnapped

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Rafiullah Mandokhail

Zhob—Seven including four Pakistani workers of a multi-national oil and gas company have been kidnapped in the Frontier Region Drazinda on Zhob-Dera Ismail Khan highway.
According to local sources, four workers of a Polish oil and gas surveying company and three Levies personnel were conducting survey in Hassankhail Drazinda area of FR when unidentified armed men took them away.
An official of the political administration told Pakistan Observer on the condition of anonymity, that the workers and Levies personnel were dragged-out of their vehicles.
“The incident took place near the boundary between Frontier Region and South Waziristan. The kidnappers also took away their vehicles,” the official added.
He said the political administration has started efforts for the recovery of the captives. A Polish foreign ministry spokeswoman tweeted that none of the abducted was Polish citizen, they all were Pakistanis.
No militant group has so for claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of seven people.
Geofizyka Krakow Ltd — a subsidiary of Poland’s state-run gas firm PGNiG has a long history of seismic survey work in Pakistan. The firm is conducting exploration for gas and oil in the region, but went into liquidation in August this
year.
A few years ago, militants had kidnapped a Polish engineer Piotr Stanczak, who was working for the company near Attock city and beheaded him several months later.
Three Pakistanis including a driver and two bodyguards, who accompanied the Polish engineer, were shot dead during the incident.
The kidnappers have not made any demand or revealed their identity.
However, political agent of the area is using his men to recover the hostages.
The area where the officials have been kidnapped falls under the jurisdiction of the Federally Administer Tribal Areas.
The seven Geofizyka Krakow workers were snatched on Saturday afternoon from their vehicles on a road near the village of Drazinda, some 80km from the city of Dera Ismail Khan, two military officials with security forces in the area said on condition of anonymity as they are not authorised to speak to the media.