Two foreigners shot dead in Kabul

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Two foreigners and one Afghan have been shot to death in front of a Western shipping company in Kabul.

General Ali Shah Ahmadzai, Kabul's deputy provincial police chief, says two of the dead were Germans working for the international shipping company DHL. The shooting took place in front of DHL's office. Another police official, Abdul Raouf, later identified them as a Briton and a South African.

Today's shooting follows the slaying in Kabul of a dual South African-British citizen by Taliban gunmen earlier in the week.

The two foreigners were employees of the company and were shot in their SUV as they were apparently pulling into their office. Blood splattered the front windshield.

Security has deteriorated around Afghanistan in the last two years, although violence against Westerners in the capital has been relatively rare.

Also today, international security companies warned their clients in Kabul about intelligence indicating that militants were planning a large-scale attack on a restaurant frequented by Westerners.