Peshawar, September 2:
Pakistani Taliban militants said today they had kidnapped two Chinese telecom engineers and their entourage and would soon issue a list of demands.
The claim of responsibility was swiftly followed by a plea from Beijing urging Pakistan to rescue the captives.
The engineers went missing along with their local driver and a security guard four days ago near the Afghan border where they had been checking an installation.
â€œOur men have kidnapped the two Chinese engineers and they are currently in our custody,â€ Muslim Khan, a spokesman for militants, said. He confirmed that the driver and security guard were also being held.
â€œOur central consultative council will take a final decision about the fate of the engineers,â€ he said, adding that a list of demands would be put to government officials for their release.
He did not give any date for a meeting of the council.