Militants kill 11 in Afghanistan

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 06, 2011 15:00 hrs

Kabul, June 6 (IANS) At least 11 people, including an army soldier, were killed by insurgents in Logar province, 60 km south of Kabul, Xinhua quoted a spokesman of the local government as saying Monday.

'An unspecified number of people were kidnapped by insurgents in the vicinity of the provincial capital Pul-e-Alam district along the highway connecting capital Kabul to Paktia province Sunday night but so far 11 dead bodies were found,' Din Mohammad Darwish said.

He said due to unspecified reasons, the highway was blocked for hours late Sunday but some people drove through villages where their vehicles were stopped by militants.

'Several people were taken to unknown locations,' Darwish added.

He said it could not be immediately known whether any people were still in the insurgents' captivity.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the incident.

On April 30, Taliban insurgents had announced a spring offensive against Afghan and NATO-led forces stationed in the country.

The militant group warned people to stop supporting government and foreign troops or they would be attacked.

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