Kabul: A candidate in next month`s
parliamentary elections, who was kidnapped by insurgents, was
found dead today along a road in volatile eastern Afghanistan,
Also in the east, 12 Afghan civilians and a NATO
service member were killed by roadside bombs.
The Taliban abducted the candidate, Najib Gulstani,
10 days ago in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni province, Kazim
Allayar, the deputy provincial governor, said. Relatives,
assisted by Afghan soldiers, recovered his body Friday
afternoon from the side of road that runs between Qarabagh and
Ab Band districts, Allayar said.
Aziza Mysam, a member of parliament from Ghazi,
said members of the local council in Qarabagh told the
governor that the Taliban wanted two of their detainees
released in exchange for the candidate. She said the governor
refused to entertain the exchange offer.
"Ghazni is very dangerous," said Mysam, who said
she has received 10 threats from the Taliban in the past
She said one caller told her, "Leave your job,
otherwise we will kill you."
She said she told the caller, "I`m continuing my
job. It`s my wish to serve the nation. I`m not afraid of your
In other violence, nine civilians were killed
yesterday by a remote-controlled bomb in the Bar Kunar
district of Kunar province, according to Gen. Khalilullah
Zaiyi, provincial police chief. Three civilians were killed
and others were wounded in a different blast yesterday in the
Qarabagh district of Ghazni, NATO said.