Afghan police find bodies of 6 Germans, 2 Americans
Police found the bullet-riddled bodies of eight foreigners and two of their Afghan colleagues in a remote mountainous area in north-eastern Afghanistan, a police official said, DPA reported.
The foreigners were camping in a remote area of Karan-nu-Munjan, a district in Nuristan province, which borders Pakistan, when they were killed, Agha Noor Kentooz, police chief for neighbouring Badakhshan province, said.
An Afghan colleague who survived the attack walked to Badakhshan and informed the police, who recovered the bodies next to their four-wheel drive vehicles.
"The attackers, who all had long beards, searched the foreigners first and then shot them," Kentooz said, citing information provided by the Afghan colleague, who was identified only as Sayedullah.
The source told him that the foreigners had worked in a Kabul hospital.
"According to Sayedullah and the passports obtained from the bodies, six of the dead are Germans and two of them were Americans," Kentooz told the German Press Agency dpa.
Three German women were among those killed, he said.
The incident took place some two weeks ago, but due to the remoteness of the area, the police were only able to recover the bodies on Thursday, he said.
The motive behind the attack that took place in a forested area was unclear. Kentoos did not rule out insurgents being behind the shooting.
Taliban militants and fighters from the associated Hezbi Islami group are active in the province.