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Afghans find bodies of 7 abducted troops in Ghazni province

Afghans find bodies of 7 abducted troops in Ghazni province

An official says the badly beaten, bullet-riddled bodies of seven Afghan soldiers have been found dumped in an eastern province.

An official says the badly beaten, bullet-riddled bodies of seven Afghan soldiers have been found dumped in an eastern province.

Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor in Ghazni province, says the victims had been kidnapped at various times, including while visiting their families.

Local residents found the corpses next to each other on Sunday in Andar district, their hands still chained behind their backs.

No group has claimed responsibility for the killings, but Taliban militants frequently target Afghan troops as part of their insurgency against the US supported government.

Ahmadi says insurgents at times stop vehicles in search of people to "prosecute" for working for the government or security forces.

American-led foreign forces are reducing their presence in Afghanistan and have handed over primary responsibility for security to Afghan troops.

first published:September 01, 2013, 17:59 IST