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4 Afghans working on Indian project shot dead

Gunmen robbed and shot dead four Afghan men working for an Indian road construction company in southern Afghanistan.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2006 15:20 IST

Gunmen robbed and shot dead four Afghan men working for an Indian road construction company in southern Afghanistan, a provincial government spokesman said.

The men were killed on Saturday in a district of Kandahar province known to be a stronghold of the Taliban movement that has been waging an insurgency since being removed from government in late 2001.

It was too early to say if the Taliban were behind the attack in Maiwand district, Kandahar government spokesman Daud Ahmadi said. "We don't know who the attackers were affiliated to," he said.

The killers stole 80,000 dollars and a four-wheel-drive vehicle the men had been travelling in, Ahmadi said.

The Taliban have admitted to several such killings in the past but have denied robbing their victims.

A purported Taliban spokesman was quoted in an Indian magazine last month warning Indians to wind up their construction projects in war-ravaged Afghanistan and leave the country.

The statement was issued after Taliban militants abducted and killed an Indian engineer in late April in southern Zabul province.

First Published: Jun 11, 2006 15:20 IST