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Taliban Kills 12 Captives Killed In Eastern Afghanistan

A protest against the Taliban in Kabul on June 1.
A protest against the Taliban in Kabul on June 1.

Afghan officials say the Taliban have killed 12 members of the country's security forces whom they had captured in recent ambushes in the eastern province of Ghazni.

Army intelligence officer Gulam Mohammad Tahiri said on June 8 that the 12 killed included seven policemen, three soldiers, and two officials with the national spy agency.

He said the killings took place in the Andar district on June 7 and that Taliban militants forced local residents to watch the executions.

Jawid Salangi, a spokesman for Ghazni police, said the security forces were abducted by the Taliban on separate highways in the province on June 3 and June 5.

Travelers have faced a string of murders and kidnappings on roads in recent weeks, with the Taliban claiming responsibility.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa