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Afghan official says corpses of 4 kidnapped men, including 3 Hazaras, all found shot dead

Afghanistan's National Army soldiers patrol in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The Taliban issued a statement about the fighting giving a much higher figure for police casualties. The insurgents regularly exaggerate their gains. (AP Photo/Hoshan Hashimi)

Afghanistan's National Army soldiers patrol in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The Taliban issued a statement about the fighting giving a much higher figure for police casualties. The insurgents regularly exaggerate their gains. (AP Photo/Hoshan Hashimi)  (The Associated Press)

An Afghan official says the corpses of four men kidnapped in eastern Afghanistan last week have been found. All had been shot dead.

Asadullah Ensafi, the deputy chief police of Ghazni province, said Wednesday that the bodies were found in Nawur district, which borders Pakistan.

He says three of the men were Hazara. The other was a Sunni Pashtun.

The Hazara are a largely Shiite ethnic minority in predominantly Sunni Afghanistan. The group has been targeted by the Taliban and other Sunni extremists in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan.

In February, 30 Hazara men were abducted in Zabul province, south of Ghazni. Last month, 11 Hazaras were kidnapped in northern Baghlan, which also has been plagued by militants since the Taliban stepped up their war against Kabul in April.