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Afghans trying to retrieve bodies of German hikers (Aid Workers)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP)

Afghan police mounted a ground operation Tuesday to retrieve the bodies of two Germans found shot to death on a remote mountain after they disappeared while hiking nearly three weeks ago

About 100 kilometers (60 miles) to the north of the capital in Parwan, officials ditched a plan to use helicopters to bring the bodies out because helicopters cannot easily fly to the high-altitude region in the Hindu Kush mountains where the bodies were found, said NATO spokesman Capt. Justin Brockhoff. Instead, police are hiking to the site and back, which could take at least eight hours, to carry the bodies down, said Parwan province Police Chief Gen. Sher Ahmad Maladani.

The two men were found Monday with bullet wounds in their chests, their bodies stuffed in cloth sacks, officials said. It was unclear when they died.

A spokesman for the Afghan agriculture ministry said the two worked for a German development and assistance organization, GIZ. Majeed Qarar, the spokesman, said they were advisers to the agriculture ministry and that they regularly went hiking in the mountains in Parwan.

A spokesman for GIZ declined to comment, referring all queries to the German foreign ministry.

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September 6, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Contractors Missing, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , | Leave a comment