Taliban kill Afghans working for NATO: officials

PUL-I-ALAM, Afghanistan, - Taliban insurgents on Wednesday dragged two young Afghan men from their car and shot them dead because they worked for NATO troops as interpreters, police said.

The bloodied bodies of the men were found next to their car on the side of a road in Logar province, less than 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the capital Kabul.

"They were interpreters working for NATO troops in Camp Shank," Din Mohammad Darwish, the provincial administration spokesman, told AFP, referring to a NATO outpost in the province. He blamed Taliban insurgents for the attack.

Deputy provincial police chief Rais Khan Sadeq confirmed the incident and said the pair were driving to work from Kabul when killed.

"They were going to work. Along the road they were stopped by Taliban, dragged from their car and shot in the head. Their bodies and their car were found on the side of the road," Sadeq told AFP.

Thousands of Afghans, mostly young men, are hired by NATO's International Security Assistance Force in various capacities to help some 100,000 foreign troops fighting Taliban insurgents.

They are regularly targeted by the militants while on the way to or from work on the bases, and interpreters are also killed and wounded while deployed on operations with NATO forces.

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