Missing Germans Found Dead in Afghanistan

Two German men who disappeared in Afghanistan last month have been found dead, officials in Parwan province say. The pair vanished near the Salang Pass, north of Kabul. Both men are said to have been working for an aid organisation. The two men died of bullet wounds but it is not known who killed them.
 
The Salang Pass is generally considered quite stable but there were fears the men had strayed into another valley, which is less secure. Afghan officials suspect the men, who had been travelling without a local guide, were abducted by the Taliban in the neighbouring Ghorband valley. The pair disappeared on Friday 19 August. They told their driver they were heading into the mountains and when they failed to return he raised the alarm.
 
Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on 23 August that there were "indications that they may have been the victims of kidnapping."
Their bodies were found under a large boulder 4km (2.5 miles) from the south end of the Salang pass, Parwan's governor Abdul Basir Salangi is quoted as telling the Associated Press news agency.
 
The bodies were being transported to hospital in Charikar. The provincial police chief said an investigation was ongoing. The Salang Pass is a major route through the Hindu Kush mountains and connects the Afghan capital, Kabul, with the north of the country. Parwan is one of the safest parts of Afghanistan but it is not without risk, says the BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Kabul. The Taliban have a number of safe havens there and criminal gangs operate in the area.
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Born and raised in Kenema district, eastern Sierra Leone, Othman Sheriff began practicing journalism during his school days as a youthhood hobby. After studying mass-media and communication, Sheriff is now the Editor in Chief and CEO of Critique Echo Newspaper. While tirelessly using journalism as a tool to place his country’s socioeconomic and political landscape under a magnifying glass, Sheriff is deeply involved in community development projects. Over the years, Sheriff has formulated and implemented billions of Leones worth of development projects with funds from Europe and USA. He is chiefly focused on community infrastructural development and economic resuscitation projects, fostering interethnic, interreligious and sociocultural cohesion among the young population in Kenema district. He is a member of many international peacebuilding initiatives including the United Religious Initiative (URI), International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP), Intercultural Leaders Network and Youth Solidary Fund program of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC)

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