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Eight Afghan Workers Shot Dead En Route To US Army Base

BBC (UK), AFP

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LOGAR– At least 8 Afghan workers were kidnapped and shot dead on their way to jobs at a U.S. military base in Logar province, south of Kabul.

No group has taken responsibility for the attack, however, local officials blame the Taliban terrorist group, BBC reports.

The workers, aged from 15 to 25, were in a van on the way to work in the Camp Shank US army base, when they were stopped by a group of a dozen gunmen, forced out of the vehicle, and shot in the head one, Logar police chief Rais Khan Sadeq told AFP.

“The bodies of the civilians were found blindfolded”, said Logar administration spokesman Din Mohammad Darvish. “They were poor and ordinary workers, all civilians”, he added.

According to AFP, U.S. and NATO military bases throughout Afghanistan are used to hiring local workers as cleaners for their construction sites.

The attack was the deadliest since the beginning of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan -- traditionally a time of peace and charity.

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