Taliban execute 16 abducted Afghan soldiers
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||6 March 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Taliban execute 16 abducted Afghan soldiers, 6 March 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/513dd1e023.html [accessed 25 May 2013]|
March 06, 2013
By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
FAIZABAD, Afghanistan – Afghan officials say Taliban militants have executed 16 Afghan soldiers in the country's northeast.
Badakhshan Provincial spokesman Abdul Maruf Raskh told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that the Afghan National Army soldiers were abducted by the Taliban on March 4.
He added that the abductors killed the soldiers in the Warduj district of Badakhshan on March 5.
Raskh said village elders and clerics were able to negotiate the release of another seven soldiers from the same district.
The mountainous, remote Badakhshan Province is generally considered immune from Taliban violence, which is concentrated in the eastern and southern regions along Afghanistan's border with Pakistan.