Bodies found in Afghan area where Germans disappeared

5th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Two bodies with bullet wounds were found on Monday in a mountainous region north of Kabul where two Germans went missing last month, the provincial police chief said.

"The NDS (National Directorate of Security, the Afghan intelligence service) deputy told me, who is at the site saw gunshots on the chests of the dead bodies," Shir Ahmad Maladani, chief of police in Parwan province, said.

Maladani refused to confirm the bodies were those of the two Germans, who went missing near the Salang Pass in August after setting out to go climbing in the famous Hindu Kush range.

An Afghan interior minister spokesman also declined to comment on the identity of the bodies, which were found in a remote mountainous area around 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Kabul.

An NDS team were sent to the area in the afternoon but were unable to recover the bodies before night fell, police sources said.

An Afghan nomad, speaking anonymously, told AFP he had seen the bodies and recognised them as Westerners by their hair and clothing.

German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle in Berlin confirmed that two bodies had been found in Parwan, but said: "As identification has not been completed, it is not possible to make any statement about their identities."

No group had claimed responsibility for kidnapping the pair but dozens of foreigners have been taken captive in warring Afghanistan in recent years, with most released unharmed, often after the payment of a ransom.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mudjahid, said Monday he had no information about the disappearance.

© 2011 AFP

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