In Grim Day, Missing Germans Found Dead in Afghanistan

    Villagers from Parwan province in Afghanistan. Photo by: Derec Pierson / isafmedia / CC BY

    Two Germans who went missing while hiking in Afghanistan’s Parwan province were found dead a few kilometers from where they were believed to have started their hike, Afghan authorities said.

    “The bodies were found about three kilometers south of the Salang Pass, buried under a big stone on the mountainside,” Bloomberg quotes the governor of Parwan province, Abdul Basir Salangi, who added there were indications the two men were robbed and beaten.

    One of the men is reportedly an employee of the German development agency Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit. The agency has not confirmed the report.

    News agencies have noted Parwan province is a relatively safe region of Afghanistan and was not under control of the Taliban, which has earlier denied any involvement in the two men’s disappearance and death.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.