Last week the Taliban abducted at least 60 people, most likely in a series of raids on villages in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. On Saturday, the bodies of seven of the hostages were found along the highway between Kandahar and Tarinkot. There are reports that around 30 of the hostages were released, while a search for the remaining hostages is underway.

From Voice of America

Taliban Kidnaps at Least 60, Kills 7 in Southern Afghanistan

Taliban insurgents have kidnapped at least 60 people from a village in southern Kandahar, Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Saturday, with seven of those prisoners reportedly killed.

Reports of the incident varied. A spokesman for the provincial governor told The Associated Press the villagers were kidnapped in a series of Taliban attacks on buses over the last four days, although the head of Kandahar provincial police told AFP the kidnappings took place Friday in the villagers’ home.

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From the Khaama Press

Taliban execute 7 of the 70 abducted civilians in Kandahar province

According to the local security officials, the civilians were shot dead by the Taliban insurgents on Saturday, days after they were abducted from various villages.

Provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Razaq confirmed the execution of the civilians and said the main motive behind the abduction and the execution has not been ascertained so far.

A spokesman for Kandahar police Zia Durani said the civilians were abducted from three different villages in Shah Wali Kot district last week.

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From First Post

Afghanistan police accuse Taliban of killing seven civilians, abducting 70 in Kandahar

It is not clear why the villagers were targeted. Government officials and security forces are usually the target of such incidents.

It is unusual for the Taliban to go into villages to take civilians as hostages. In general they intercept vehicles on the road, checking to see if passengers have links to the government.

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