Taliban Killed 30 People on Bus

Other News Materials 20 October 2008 12:55 (UTC +04:00)

Afghanistan, Kabul, 20 October / corr / Trend A.Hakimi / Taliban militants stopped a bus traveling on Afghanistan's main highway through a wild and dangerous part of the country's south, seized about 50 people on board and slaughtered around 30 of them, officials said Sunday.

A Taleban spokesman said that all those killed in the attacks on three buses were Afghan government soldiers, though officials said they were civilians.

The attacks happened on Thursday but the bodies have only just been found, dumped over a wide area. A number of the men were beheaded after the attack in the Maiwand district, local and military sources say. A Taleban spokesman said its fighters had boarded the buses traveling on the provinces main highway, removed men identified as soldiers and shot them. Afghan officials said all the victims were civilians as soldiers travel in military convoys or by plane.

Kandahar province has seen fierce fighting in recent months. The Afghan army and international forces are fighting a counter-insurgency campaign against anti-government forces in the south of the country