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Afghan Taliban kill eight kidnapped security officials

14 August, 2011

KABUL: Insurgents killed eight Afghan security officials who were kidnapped a day earlier in one of the most dangerous areas in central Afghanistan, a government official said on Saturday, while the Taliban claimed responsibility for the killings.

The five police and three officials from the National Directorate of Security were kidnapped in Maidan Wardak. Shahidullah Shahid, a spokesman for the Wardak provincial governor, said the Afghan police and NDS officers were travelling along a highway between the relatively peaceful province of Bamiyan and Maydan Shah in volatile Wardak when they were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen.

Shahid said it appeared the eight security officials had been killed on Friday night. He said three suspected insurgents had been detained in the area where the men were kidnapped but gave no other details.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said fighters had dropped the eight bodies in Jalriz district of Wardak but said five of them were soldiers rather than police. “There were eight people, three members of the spy agency and five from the army,” Mujahid told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

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