domingo, 29 de agosto de 2010
The bodies of five people working for a female candidate in Afghanistan's parliamentary election have been found in western Herat province.
They were among a group of 10 people kidnapped by armed men on Wednesday. Five were later released, say reports.
The Taliban later said they carried out the abductions. No group has said it carried out the killings.
The staff were working for Fauzia Galani, who is seeking re-election to parliament in September's polls.
Police chief Nisar Ahmad Popal said the bodies had been found dumped on a mountainside in Adrskan district.
Reports say their hands had been bound and they had been shot in the head.
Taliban insurgents opposed to the elections in general - and female candidates in particular - have been blamed for the murder of a number of candidates.
On Saturday, candidate Haji Abdul Manan was shot and killed as he was leaving a mosque on the back of a motorcycle.
The Taliban have also been blamed for the kidnap of four women working at a drug treatment centre in northern Faryab province. Officials were reported to be negotiating to secure the women's release.
The US has sent an extra 30,000 troops to Afghanistan since December 2009 in an effort to defeat the Taliban. BBC News
An Aboriginal Australian has been elected to parliament for the first time in the country's history.
Ken Wyatt, 57, an expert on Aboriginal health, took the seat of Hasluck in Western Australia for the centre-right Liberal Party.
Neither the Liberals nor the governing Labor Party gained enough seats at last week's election for a majority.
Mr Wyatt has dismissed the racist hate mail he received, saying it was time for Australia to move forward. BBC News
Ten militants and two police officers were killed in a shootout which occurred early on Sunday when the militants were trying to attack Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov's home village, Kadyrov said.
The shootout took place in Chechnya's Kurchaloyevsky district.
Kadyrov, who controls the operation, said bodies of the ten killed militants were found at the scene, adding that the militants were being identified.
"Currently servicemen and police are scouring the nearby forest. The situation is stable and controllable," he said.
Another shootout occurred early on Sunday in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan.
According to a local interior ministry official, unidentified assailants opened fire at a traffic police post in the republic's Khasavyurt district when police stopped their car for a check. Police opened retaliatory fire, killing all four militants in the car. RIA Novosti