MIRAN SHAH: Unknown armed persons on Tuesday kidnapped three local officials of Chinese Petroleum company, working in North Waziristan, and a security guard hailing from Frontier Corps and burnt them alive in Speenwam area.

Officials at the district administration said that unknown armed men probably militants associated with Tehrik-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) kidnapped three persons who were employees of a Maddi Petroleum , a Chinese company, working on oil exploration in Speenwam.

The anductees were taken to a dry water streem and set the vehicle on fire burning them alive. The deceased persons are identified as Javedullah, Anwar, Khalilur Rahman and Zakir, who was a Frontier Corps personnel.

A week earlier two employees of the same company were abducted in the district by miscreants and one of them has reportedly been releases.

Experts  say that North Waziristan has huge untapped  oil and gas reserves  besides minerals which are yet to be explored