Missing Hikers Shot to Death in Afghanistan

Bodies found today in the Hindu Kush mountains
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 5, 2011 11:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two Germans who disappeared nearly three weeks ago while hiking in the Hindu Kush mountains were shot to death, a police general said today. A rescue team reached the bodies in the late afternoon after a four-hour trek on foot from the main road, and found the two men with bullet wounds in their chests; it's not clear when they died. Police at the scene said they could not recover the bodies because of darkness and would try again in the morning.

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The two bodies were inside cloth sacks under a large boulder about 2.5 miles from the south end of the Salang Pass, where the men began their hike on Aug. 19. The area is not a Taliban area, and is inhabited mostly by nomadic shepherds who live in tents. (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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