Taliban Gunmen Execute 8 Afghans Working With U.S. Military

Eight Afghan laborers working with the U.S. military were taken from their vehicle and executed by Taliban gunmen with a shot to the head in the eastern province of Logar, a local official said.

The civilian workers, aged between 18 and 20, were on their way to work at Camp Shank, a U.S. facility near the provincial capital of Pul-i-Alam, Din Mohammad Darwish, a spokesman for the provincial government, said by phone. “The civilians’ vehicle was first stopped by Taliban and all of them were taken to a nearby hill where they were shot in the head, one by one,” Darwish said.

A spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Master Sgt. Bryan Gatewood, confirmed that the eight people killed were working at the U.S. base.

The attack underscores the dangers facing local Afghans who work alongside international forces in the country amid a drawdown of frontline foreign troops, said Jawed Kohistani, a Kabul-based security and political analyst.

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