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Beheaded Afghan Bodies Identified As Police Officers

Six bodies found beheaded in southern Afghanistan have been identified as police officers, not laborers.

The deputy governor of southern Zabul Province, Mohammed Jan Rasoolyar, said confusion had arisen because the bodies found on November 17 in Kandahar Province were dressed in civilian clothes.

The six police officers had disappeared several days previously from neighboring Zabul Province.

Police officials blame the killings on the Taliban, which has warned Afghans against joining the government or the military and police forces.

Hundreds of Afghan police have been killed this year in ambushes, targeted killings, and bombings.

Meanwhile, two children were killed November 18 when the vehicle they were riding in struck a roadside bomb as they were traveling to Qalat, the Zabul provincial capital.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa