Insurgents kill 8 kidnapped Afghan security officials

August 13, 2011 17:14


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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, and the Taliban claimed responsibility for the killings.

The five police and three officials from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) were kidnapped in Maidan Wardak, where 38 U.S. and Afghan troops were killed when their helicopter was shot down by a Taliban rocket during a battle a week ago.

The latest incident follows a particularly bloody week in Afghanistan, during which about 50 foreign troops killed.

The helicopter crash was the worst single incident for foreign troops in 10 years of war in Afghanistan, with 30 Americans killed, including 17 elite Navy SEALs.

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