10 bullet-riddled bodies found in Paktia
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Ten dead bodies were found in the Zurmat district of southeastern Paktia province on Thursday, with the victims called civilians by the authorities. But Taliban said the dead were security personnel.
District hospital chief, Haji Mohammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News the bullet-riddled bodies were brought to the facility in the morning. The corpses were found in different areas of the district, the official said.
Five of the victims were identified as residents of Khost, one from Logar and four others from Paktika, Mohammad said, adding the killers remained unknown.
Meanwhile, Paktia police chief Brig. Gen. Zalmai Oryakhel confirmed the recovery of six civilians’ corpses. He accused the Taliban shooting the “innocent men”. They were killed last night.
On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the fighters had killed eight policemen and an intelligence operative in Zurmat district. The security personnel had been captured on their way home, he added.
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