Indian among three kidnapped, killed in Kabul

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.