A group of Afghan policemen were kidnapped on Wednesday while traveling in civilian clothes, and the Taliban later claimed they had killed seven of them. In a statement emailed to journalists, the militants said that they had killed the policemen in an ambush in the Said Abad District of Wardak Province, and that they found documents on them that showed they were members of the Afghan Civil Order Police, an elite police unit.
Ataullah Lodin, a spokesman for the governor of Wardak Province, said the authorities there had reports that a dozen of the officers had been kidnapped by insurgents. They had been traveling from southern Afghanistan along Highway 1, the main road to the capital, in order to collect their salaries, and were all in civilian dress, he said.
Afghan police officers often travel to Kabul to get paid and to visit their families, and generally do so in civilian clothes for their safety.
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