Indian among three kidnapped, killed in Kabul

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Indian among three kidnapped, killed in Kabul
Afghan security personnel stand guard next to wounded comrades at the site of an attack near the Kabul International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, July 22, 2018. An Afghan spokesman said there has been a large explosion near the Kabul airport shortly after the country's controversial first vice president landed on his return from abroad. Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum and members of his entourage were unharmed in the explosion on Sunday, which took place as his convoy had already left the airport (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Kabul:  An Indian national and two others working for international food company Sodexo in Afghanistan were kidnapped and killed by gunmen here on Thursday.

“An Indian, a Malaysian and a Macedonian citizen were abducted and killed. We have found their bodies,” a spokesman for Kabul’s police chief said. The Indian national is said to be 39, the Malaysian 64 and the Macedonian 37, according to the BBC .

Investigators said that the trio, believed to be working as cooks for Sodexo, were taken from their Toyota Corolla car on their way to the airport. Their bodies were found later in the Mussahi district of Kabul province, reported Afghanistan Times newspaper.

Police were treating it as “a terrorist incident”, the BBC reported citing an Afghan government official.

“They were shot dead and their bodies were found inside a car,” said Nusrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Kidnapping by militants or criminal gangs seeking a ransom has been rife in Afghanistan in recent years. Locals are most often the targets, but foreigners have also been abducted.