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Taliban Kills Indian Telecommunications Engineer

A telecommunications engineer was killed in Afghanistan by the Taliban on Sunday (April 30). Members of the Taliban had abducted K. Suryanarayana near Kandahar and killed him nearly 48 hours after his abduction.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Mohammed justified the killing before a previously set deadline, saying that Suryanarayana was trying to escape and had to be shot. However, the victim's body was found beheaded.

According to Indian officials, the killing is proof that the Taliban do not intend to negotiate, and that Suryanarayana was killed to frighten Indian citizens into leaving Afghanistan.

India’s prime minister Manmohan Singh has expressed grief at the killing and has asked the nation to remain united in the fight against terrorism.

This story was contributed by sister site EE Times India