Politician found beheaded in Afghanistan

Filed on June 7, 2011

KABUL — Police found the beheaded body of a politician in central Afghanistan on Tuesday, three days after he was abducted by suspected Taleban-linked militants, a police commander said.

Jawad Zahaak was head of the provincial council in Bamiyan, seen as one of the country’s most peaceful areas and among the first wave of places to transition from Western to Afghan security control from around July.

He was kidnapped while travelling in the neighbouring province of Parwan on Saturday and his beheaded body was founded dumped near a main road, Parwan police chief Sher Ahmad Maladani told AFP.

‘Police found his body near the road. He had been beheaded,’ the police commander said, blaming the Taleban.

Maladani added that the police had tried to rescue Zahaak but had not succeeded.

The Islamist Taleban movement has been waging an insurgency since 2001, when they were ousted from power by a US-led invasion following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

They often target government officials, Afghan security forces or anyone else linked to President Hamid Karzai’s Western-backed government.

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