Taliban kill 12 Afghan civilians, aid workers

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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 4:02 am | Updated: 3:05 pm, Sat Sep 7, 2013.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say insurgents have shot and killed 12 civilians, including six aid workers working on government projects, in two separate incidents.

Jamel Danish, media adviser for the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation, says the bodies of six people were found on Tuesday in the Gulran district of western Herat province.

He says the six were kidnapped on Sunday by the Taliban and killed after negotiations failed. Danish says five worked for an international non-governmental organization and one worked for the ministry.

The ministry has programs that seek to improve the lives of Afghans from remote regions.

Rohullah Samon, spokesman for eastern Paktia province, said six unidentified civilians were found Tuesday by a roadside. He had no other details.

The Taliban regularly target government employees.

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