Body of kidnapped German recovered in Afghanistan

Afghan officials recovered the body of a German aid worker kidnapped in southern Afghanistan earlier this week, a provincial police chief said Sunday. The body of the German was found in southern Wardak province, where two Germans and five Afghan colleagues were kidnapped on Wednesday, said provincial police Mohammad Hewas Mazlum. A purported Taliban spokesman on Saturday said gunmen had shot and killed the two Germans, but Afghan and German officials said intelligence indicated that one died of a heart attack and the other was still alive. Mazlum said he did not immediately the cause of death for the German whose body was recovered.