Afghan villagers find bodies of 8 killed police

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Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 7:09 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A provincial official says that villagers have found the bodies of eight slain police officers who had been kidnapped almost two weeks ago by Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan.

Mohammad Jan Rassoulyar, the deputy governor in Zabul province, said Wednesday that local residents in the Nawbahar district found the bodies the day before and reported them to police.

The policemen — seven local and one from the national force — were snatched by militants after an attack on their convoy two weeks ago from the same province, Rassoulyar said. The bodies were surrounded by explosives.

Last week, the Taliban launched their annual spring offensive promising to step up assaults on the Afghan police and military.

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