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Foreigners kidnapped and killed in Kabul

Foreigners kidnapped and killed in Kabul

Three foreign nationals have been kidnapped and murdered in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials say.The three were from India, Malaysia and Macedonia, according to police, who are treating it as a terrorist incident.Investigators told the BBC the trio were taken from their car on their way to the airport.Their bodies were found later in the…


A BBC map showing the location of Kabul in Afghanistan

Three foreign nationals have been kidnapped and murdered in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials say.

The three were from India, Malaysia and Macedonia, according to police, who are treating it as a terrorist incident.

Investigators told the BBC the trio were taken from their car on their way to the airport.

Their bodies were found later in the Mussahi district of Kabul province. No group has so far claimed to be behind the killings.

The three are believed to have worked as cooks for Sodexo, a French food services company.

Identity cards were also found and have been cross-checked with the firm, security officials told Reuters news agency.

The Malaysian national is said to be 64, the Indian 39, and the Macedonian 37.

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