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Foreign Ministry confirms deaths of aid workers

The Local · 7 Sep 2011, 07:57

Published: 07 Sep 2011 07:57 GMT+02:00

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The bodies found shot dead on Monday were "almost certainly the two missing German citizens," the Ministry said in a statement. The deaths will be confirmed once the final identification process has been completed, the statement continued.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle expressed his condolences to the families of the two workers. "Our grief and sympathy is with the relatives and friends of the dead in this dark hour," he said in Berlin.

The two Germans intended to take a hiking tour in a relatively peaceful area of the Hindu Kush mountains where Taliban insurgents were not thought to be active.

They were discovered in laundry bags under a cliff around four kilometres from the Salang Pass, a major route through the Hindu Kush mountains connecting the capital, Kabul, to northern Afghanistan.

Dozens of foreigners have been taken captive in Afghanistan since the 2001 US-led invasion ousted the Taliban from power, sparking a deadly insurgency, but most have been released unharmed, often after the payment of a ransom.

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Your comments about this article

10:04 September 7, 2011 by heyheyhey
I suppose whipmanager will say they got what they deserved for being so stupid, right whipmanager?
10:08 September 7, 2011 by nemo999
Are their really "relatively peaceful area" in Afghanistan? Or are we just fooling ourselves?
11:00 September 7, 2011 by HistoryProffessor
nemo999- yeah there are peaceful areas in Afghanistan, they are the areas with no people.
13:54 September 7, 2011 by marimay
Yeah, that's how it goes in all countries, HP.
17:44 September 7, 2011 by raandy
That is a sad ending for people that only provided aid.I guess they felt removed from the violence because they were non combatants.
05:23 September 8, 2011 by Sastry.M
With sorrow to German parents and love to the U.S/NATO.
08:22 September 8, 2011 by bugger
If international aid is not misused for spying, if West Europe didn't make colonialist war, those people would be alive now. For those who don't know, executive director of UNICEF is former adviser for national security (in the time of Clinton) and failed nominee to head of CIA, Anthony Lake. Aid is misused to wash money and to spy other countries and consequences are tragic.
11:42 September 8, 2011 by raandy
bugger, all I can find about that is this : KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A top Taliban commander has issued a new threat to foreign aid workers, saying that under the insurgent group's new "constitution" they will execute them as spies or hold them in exchange for the release of Taliban fighters.


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