Friday, October 15, 2004

Chinese dies in Pakistan

One Chinese national has been killed in Pakistan after "Pakistani army commandos" tried to free them from the captors:

One hostage and five militants died Thursday when Pakistani army commandos tried to free two Chinese engineers held by followers of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate linked to Al Qaeda.

The engineers, who were working on the Gomal Zam Dam project near the border with Afghanistan, were abducted Saturday with their two Pakistani security personnel. The Pakistanis were released before troops stormed the militants' hide-out in the remote tribal area of South Waziristan.

The kidnappers said they wanted to exchange the Chinese for militants captured during Pakistan's crackdown on Al Qaeda. Their leader, Abdullah Mehsud, 28, returned to Pakistan in March after being held for two years in the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It was not clear why he was released.

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