Seven Afghan soldiers found dead; bodies badly beaten, says Afghan official

Soldiers kidnapped while visiting their families

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An official says the badly beaten, bullet-riddled bodies of seven Afghan soldiers have been found dumped in an eastern province.

Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor in Ghazni province, says the victims had been kidnapped at various times, including while visiting their families.

Local residents found the corpses next to each other Sunday in Andar district, their hands still chained behind their backs.

No group has claimed responsibility for the killings, but Taliban militants frequently target Afghan troops as part of their insurgency against the U.S.-supported government.

Ahmadi says insurgents at times stop vehicles in search of people to "prosecute" for working for the government or security forces.

American-led foreign forces are reducing their presence in Afghanistan and have handed over primary responsibility for security to Afghan troops.

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