KABUL, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Taliban and the Islamic Party (Hizb-e- Islami) on Saturday claimed responsibility for killing eight foreigners and two Afghan interpreters in Afghanistan's northeast Badakshan province.
"These people were preaching Christianity and we punished them, " a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told media by telephone from undisclosed location.
He added that a number of documents and books which have proved their involvement in preaching Christianity were found from their possession.
Four of the eight slain foreigners were women, he said.
These foreigners and two local interpreters were killed by unknown gunmen in Karan-o-Manjan district of Badakhshan province and their bodies were found on Friday, said provincial police chief Aqa Noor Kintoz, who suspected thieves were behind this crime.
Kintoz also said that two of the victims were Americans while the remaining six were Germans.
Kintoz said their driver Saifullah was able to escape unhurt.
Meanwhile, another radical militant group, the Islamic Party ( Hizb-e-Islami) under former Prime Minister Gulbudin Hekmatyar, also claimed responsibility.
An unknown caller who claimed to speak for Hizb-e-Islami told media from unknown location that Hizb-e-Islami members killed these foreigners in Badakhshan province, but failed to give reason.
Government officials in the Afghan capital Kabul have yet to make comment.
Bodies of foreigners found in NE Afghan province identified
FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- The nationalities of 10 bodies who were killed by thieves in Afghanistan's northeast Badakhshan province have been identified, provincial police chief Aqa Noor Kintoz said Saturday.
"Two of them are Americans, six are Germans and two are Afghans, " Kintoz told Xinhua. Full story
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