Kabul: Afghan security forces have recovered
the bodies of five policemen and three intelligence agents who
were kidnapped by insurgents two days ago in eastern
Afghanistan, an official said on Saturday.
Gunmen abducted the eight security troops on Thursday in
the Day Mirdad district of Wardak province, said provincial
spokesman Shahidullah Shahid.
The bodies were discovered late Friday and taken to the
provincial capital city of Maidan Shahr early Saturday, Shahid
said. He added that three suspected insurgents have been
arrested in connection with the kidnapping and killings.
Wardak province has been the scene of heavy fighting
between international troops and the Taliban. It was also in
Wardak that insurgents shot down the US Army Chinook early
this month, killing 30 American troops, seven Afghan soldiers
and an Afghan interpreter.
In the south, a minivan struck a roadside bomb in the
Gereshk district of Helmand province, killing five civilians,
the provincial governor`s office said in a statement.
In July, the United Nations reported that 1,462 civilians
were killed in the first six months of this year with
insurgents responsible for 80 percent of those killings.
Roadside bombs and mines are the cause of most
war-related civilian deaths in Afghanistan, according to the
In the west, meanwhile, two policemen and four insurgents
were killed in shootout in Herat province, said Noor Khan
Nikzad, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.