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PM Manmohan condemns killing

Surynarayan's execution took place even as an Indian delegation arrived to negotiate his release.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 10:13 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday conveyed his grief to the family of K Suryanarayan, who was killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, and assured all help to his family.

"We will ensure that his family is taken care of," Sanjaya Baru, media advisor to the prime minister, quoted him as saying.

Baru said that Manmohan Singh has "severely condemned" the act of terrorism and urged the country to remain united against terrorism.

Afghanistan authorities on Sunday confirmed that they had found the body of Suryanarayan, hours after he was executed by Taliban militants in Zabul province.

"We found the body this morning," Mohammad Mir, the district chief of Shah Joi district, told China's Xinhua news agency.

The Taliban killed the Indian engineer before their 24-hour deadline for his release ended. The deadline was to end at 6 pm (7 pm IST) on Sunday. The militia also linked his release with the withdrawal of Indian companies from Afghanistan.

Suryanarayan was abducted on Friday from Zabul province on the Kabul-Kandahar road. The 41-year-old telecom engineer was working for a Bahrain-based company.

Earlier, Taliban's purported spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi claimed from an unknown location that the Islamist group opened fire and killed the engineer after he attempted to escape from their detention centre.

Ahmadi added that the leadership of Taliban was sorry for the incident as the 24-hour deadline was not yet over.

Surynarayan's execution took place even as an Indian delegation arrived to negotiate his release and ensure the security of Indian nationals living in Afghanistan.