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Remains of Pole slain by Taliban repatriated

world Updated: Apr 30, 2009 23:00 IST

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The remains of a Polish geologist decapitated in February after five months in Taliban captivity was repatriated today, in an airport ceremony carried live on television.

Piotr Stanczak, 42, was kidnapped - and his driver and bodyguard killed - last September in northwestern Pakistan, where he was working for a Polish oil and natural gas exploration outfit.

His decapitation on February 7 - which was filmed by his captors - provoked a furious reaction from Warsaw, which slammed Islamabad's "apathy" over tackling terrorism.

TVN24 television showed Stanczak's remains being taken off a Pakistani military transport aircraft at Warsaw airport, where Pakistani junior foreign minister Khan Nawabzada Malik Amadpar expressed his nation's condolences.

Poland has offered a USD 290,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Stanczak's executioners.

Last week President Lech Kaczynski approved the deployment of an extra 400 Polish troops to Afghanistan - boosting the number of Poles with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force there to 2,000.