Sunday, August 14, 2011

8 abducted Afghan security agents killed

Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:51AM GMT
Members of the Afghan national police (file photo)
Taliban militants have killed eight Afghan security officials who were kidnapped a day earlier in one of the most dangerous areas in central Afghanistan.

The five policemen and three National Directorate of Security (NDS) agents were abducted in Afghanistan's Maidan Wardak Province on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Shahidullah Shahid, a spokesman for the Wardak provincial governor, said the Afghan police and NDS officers were travelling along a highway between the province of Bamiyan and Maydan Shah area in Wardak Province when they were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen.

“We started a rescue operation in the area but the enemies of peace in Afghanistan had already killed our forces,” Shahid said.

According to the spokesperson the eight security officials had been killed on Friday night.

He further explained that three people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the abduction and are being interrogated by the Afghan police.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said his fighters had dumped the eight bodies in the Jalriz district of Wardak Province.

“We have no casualties. The people they (police) claim to have arrested might be local people or villagers,” he added.



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