Taliban gunmen kill 7 in Afghanistan

Afghan security personnel keep watch as they take part in an operation against Taliban militants in Aliabad district of Kunduz province

Afghan security personnel keep watch as they take part in an operation against Taliban militants in Aliabad district of Kunduz province

The Taliban insurgents have executed at least seven passengers in western Farah province of Afghanistan, state-run news agency Khaama Press said.

Mahri further added that the highway was closed for several hours during which the abducted passengers were shot dead by the Taliban insurgents.

The Taliban have not commented on the killing of the passengers, but in a message on their website claimed the killing of 14 security personnel, injuring 16, and abducting five others, at the same spot on the outskirts of Farah city, where the bus had been stopped.

In the course of a response operation law enforcement officers were killed 10 Taliban In Afghanistan in an attack by militants of the terrorist organization the Taliban on a bus killed 7 civilians.

The Afghan forces launched an operation early Wednesday to free the hostages and open the highway, clearing roadblocks set up by the militants, Baher said.

Local officials said the victims were residents of Farah province. However, some locals on condition of anonymity put the attack on the Taliban outfit, saying that the armed group had "blamed the ill-fated men for working for the government".

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