Thu, Dec 16, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Body of Turk found in Afghanistan

AP , KABUL

The body of a kidnapped Turkish engineer was found yesterday in eastern Afghanistan, a day after he was snatched with his driver and interpreter by a band of armed men, officials said.

Mohammad Eyup, who went missing late on Tuesday afternoon, is the second Turkish engineer to be killed in the country's restive countryside this year. His body was found by security forces who had launched a massive search operation, said Jamil Jumbesh, head of the Interior Ministry's anti-terror division.

He had been shot several times, Kunar provincial police chief Mateullha Sofie said, adding that it appeared the kidnappers killed him and abandoned his body as police moved in to try to capture them.

A helicopter was brought in to evacuate the body, but it was not clear where it was being taken.

The driver and interpreter were freed without serious injury before dawn, with officials crediting the pressure of the search by the Afghan military, police and coalition forces for their release.

The driver and interpreter reported that 12 armed men, wearing military-style uniforms, stopped their car late on Tuesday afternoon as they were traveling from a road construction project in Kunar province to the city of Jalalabad, where they have been staying.

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