Afghan police recover bodies of 8 security troops

By the Associated Press | August 13, 2011 | 7:44 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan security forces recovered the bodies of five policemen and three intelligence agents who were kidnapped by insurgents two days ago in eastern Afghanistan, according to a provincial governor's spokesman.

The eight security troops were abducted in the Day Mirdad district of Wardak province on Thursday, said provincial spokesman Shahidullah Shahid, and discovered in the Koti Ashoro area.

The bodies were taken to the provincial capital city of Maidan Shahr early Saturday, Shahid said. He added that three suspected insurgents have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and killings.

Wardak province is a battleground province where 30 American troops, seven Afghan soldiers and an Afghan interpreter died when their Chinook helicopter was shot down by an insurgent earlier in August.

Meanwhile, five civilians were killed on Saturday when their minivan struck a roadside bomb in Gereshk district of the southern province of Helmand, according to a statement issued by the provincial governor's office.

Two of the victims were men and three were women, according to the statement.

In July, the United Nations reported that 1,462 civilians were killed in the first six months of this year with insurgents responsible for 80 percent of those killings.

Improvised bombs and mines are the cause of most war-related deaths of civilians in Afghanistan, according to the international body.