At least 12 people have been killed, and a further 50 people kidnapped, by suspected Taliban militants, in a series of attacks, on highways, in Afghanistan.
Suspected Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan killed 12 people after stopping their vehicles on a road in the east of the country, while 50 people were kidnapped in the north, the latest in a spate of highway attacks, officials said on Wednesday.
The Taliban have made considerable gains in fighting in various parts of the country in recent months and the killing of their leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, in a US drone attack last month has had no discernable impact on the violence.
Attackers in the eastern province of Ghazni stopped two cars late on Tuesday and shot dead everyone they found. Several members of the security forces were among those killed, said Jawid Salangi a spokesman for the provincial governor.
“Taliban ordered the passengers out and brutally shot them dead,” Salangi said.
Villagers later found 12 bodies, he said.
On Wednesday, suspected Taliban stopped a bus and a car near the northern city of Kunduz and took all 50 people in the vehicles hostage, a police spokesman in the area, Mahfozullah Akbari, told Reuters.
Taliban spokesmen have not released comment on, nor claimed responsibility for, the incidents, though their involvement is widely suspected.