German hostage killed in Afghanistan: Taleban
13 March 2006, KABUL - Taleban insurgents on Monday claimed to have killed four foreign nationals they kidnapped over the weekend in southern Afghanistan while releasing unharmed four Afghans.
13 March 2006
KABUL - Taleban insurgents on Monday claimed to have killed four foreign nationals they kidnapped over the weekend in southern Afghanistan while releasing unharmed four Afghans.
On Sunday, local Afghan officials in Kandahar province confirmed that eight people - four Albanians and four Afghans - were kidnapped Saturday in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar.
However, Qari Yousif Ahmadi, who claims to be the spokesman for the ousted Taleban regime Monday claimed that one of the four foreigners kidnapped by the insurgents is a German.
"Our Mujahiddin shot them to death and their dead bodies are in the highway between Kandahar and Helmand province," Ahmadi said.
"The Taleban will kill anyone who support the US government in Afghanistan," he added.
He also said that the four Afghans have already been released by the insurgents.
Afghan officials were not immediately available for comment. Afghan police in the province have launched a search operation in the province.
The extremist Taleban, whose regime was toppled by a US-led military coalition in late 2001, have declared a Jihad or holy war against US and Afghan soldiers, aid workers and all those supporting the central government in Afghanistan.
Last September, the Taleban fighters kidnapped and later killed a British man working for a road project in Afghanistan. In November an Indian was kidnapped and then killed by the insurgents.
Subject: German news