KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Suspected Taliban militants gunned down six Afghan employees of a U.S.-funded anti-drugs project in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, the second fatal attack on project staff in two days, officials said.
The victims were driving to Kabul with the body of one of five men killed in Wednesday's attack when they were ambushed in Zabul province's Shahjoy district, said Naik Mohammed, a doctor at a hospital in Qalat, where the victims' bodies were taken.
The six Afghans killed Thursday are believed to be employees of Chemonics International Inc., a Washington-based consulting firm, said Rick Marshall, Kabul spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The deadly shootings are part of a recent wave of attacks and kidnappings targeting foreigners in Afghanistan. On Monday, four armed men seized an Italian aid worker from her car in Kabul. Her fate is not known.
Afghan police and soldiers have been deployed to the location of Thursday's killing, said Ali Khail, the Zabul provincial government spokesman.