- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The owner of an Afghan company and a provincial official said Thursday that insurgents had shot dead at least 35 workers and their guards on a road construction site in eastern Afghanistan.

Noorullah Bidar, owner of the Galaxy Sky construction company, said the attack happened around midnight Wednesday in Wazei Zadran, a remote mountainous area in the eastern Paktia province. He said that it was carried out by more than 100 insurgents and that at least 36 workers were killed and 20 wounded.

Provincial government spokesman Rohullah Samon said 35 workers were killed and 20 were wounded. He said eight insurgents also died.

Such different casualty figures are common in the immediate aftermath of attacks in Afghanistan.

Both men said the attackers fled after stealing some trucks.

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