Taliban kill eight Afghan workers en route to U.S. base

Taliban gunmen on Thursday shot dead eight Afghan civilians on their way to jobs at a U.S. military base south of Kabul, officials said.

"Eight Afghan workers who were working in Camp Shank were killed this morning by Taliban," said the deputy police chief in Logar province, Rais Khan Sadeq.

It was the deadliest attack since Afghanistan started observing the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, traditionally a time of prayer and charity.

"They were forced out of their car and taken about 200 metres off road to a nearby village, and shot in the head one by one," he told AFP.

Their bodies were found with their eyes blindfolded, the police official said, describing them as "ordinary civilian workers" on the base.

The U.S. and Nato military bases across Afghanistan hire local staff to work on construction projects and as cleaners.AFP