Afghan police finds body of abducted German, one Afghan alive

An Afghan provincial police chief said on Sunday that their forces have found the dead body of the one of the two German workers and an alive Afghan who had been kidnapped on Wednesday in central Afghanistan.

Afghan police finds body of abducted German, one Afghan alive
An Afghan provincial police chief said on Sunday that their forces have found the dead body of the one of the two German workers and an alive Afghan who had been kidnapped on Wednesday in central Afghanistan.

Two German engineers along with their five Afghan colleagues were kidnapped on Wednesday in Jaghato district of central Maidan Wardak province.

Initially a Taliban spokesman had claimed on Saturday that they executed the two Germans along with five Afghans because Germany refused to meet the group's demands.

But later, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs later during the day said that one of the two German died of extreme heat or a heart attack, and the second was still alive.

'Our forces found a dead body that they say belongs to a German engineer in Jaghato district and they are on their way to the center of the province,' Mohammad Hewazali Mazloom, provincial police chief of Maidan Wardak told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

He said could not elaborate on the cause of his death, but said that Eshaq Noorzai, brother of Arif Khan Noorzai, Afghan parliament's deputy speaker was also with police.

In Berlin, officials said a German Foreign Ministry 24-hour crisis team continued to follow developments Sunday amid public shock at the death of the aid engineer.

'The team remains in close contact with the Afghan government and is still trying to resolve this,' a Berlin spokesman said.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier had said Saturday evening that it was assumed the kidnapped man had died of the 'strains' from his ordeal and had not been directly murdered by the kidnappers.

However a German Sunday newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, said that German officials had been able to obtain a preliminary view of the body and had seen gunshot wounds.

The Foreign Ministry declined to comment on that report.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was scheduled to give a television interview later Sunday and was expected to appeal to legislators to renew authorization for German military operations in Afghanistan.

Kurt Beck, leader of the Social Democratic Party which is her coalition partner, said he hoped legislators would decide the issue 'calmly and without emotion.'

DPA

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Temmuz 2007, 15:04
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