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Bodies of missing German hikers found in Afghanistan

Postby Todd » Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:44 am

Bodies of missing German hikers found in Afghanistan

Provincial governor says they were found in sacks underneath boulder

msnbc.com news services

updated 1 hour 12 minutes ago

KABUL, Afghanistan — The bodies of two Germans who went missing nearly three weeks ago while hiking in the Hindu Kush mountains were found in sacks under a boulder in eastern Afghanistan Monday, a governor and a police general said.

Abdul Basir Salangi, the governor of eastern Parwan province, said the men were found under a large boulder about 2 1/2 miles from the south end of the Salang Pass, where they began their hike on Aug. 19.

"The bodies were found today in an open area and they appeared to have been killed by gunshots," Salangi told Reuters.

Salangi said the bodies were found in a desert frequented by Kuchi nomads, and he suspected they were involved in the killings.

He did not say how the authorities had identified the victims to be Germans.

Police Gen. Rajab, who like many Afghans goes by only one name, said the two bodies were inside cloth sacks.

The deputy provincial police chief, Ziaul Rahman, said the bodies were very high up on the mountain and he had requested a helicopter to get them down.

The region where they went missing is not a Taliban area, and last month Afghan police speculated the two men could have gotten lost in the high mountains or may have been the victims of a crime. The agency they were working for has not been named.

German troops in Afghanistan
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Aug. 23 that German and Afghan officials were searching for the pair and could not rule out kidnapping.

The day they went missing, the two traveled to the south end of the Salang Pass, north of Kabul, around 8 a.m. and told their driver they were going into the mountains. They promised to return at 4 p.m. and the driver waited until 6 p.m. before contacting local authorities, and the search began.

The Salang Pass is a major route through the Hindu Kush mountains that connects the Afghan capital, Kabul, with the northern part of the nation.

Germany has been a major contributor to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and currently has some 5,200 troops stationed in the country, largely in the north.

Kidnapping is a lucrative business in impoverished Afghanistan and scores of locals and foreigners have been abducted by criminals with financial motives and by Taliban-linked insurgents in recent years.

Violence has risen to its worst levels in Afghanistan since the 2001 overthrow of the Taliban government and the insurgency has now spread to the once peaceful north, in addition to the south and east.

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Re: Bodies of missing German hikers found in Afghanistan

Postby Todd » Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:46 am

I just don't get it...

How stupid do you have to be to go 'hiking" in a war torn country with fighting raging on in almost every province?
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Re: Bodies of missing German hikers found in Afghanistan

Postby chief joe » Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:46 am

Todd wrote:I just don't get it...

How stupid do you have to be to go 'hiking" in a war torn country with fighting raging on in almost every province?

X2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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