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Missing Japanese Couple Confirmed Dead in Afghanistan

Hospital officials in Afghanistan say an autopsy has confirmed that two bodies found in the southern part of the country are those of missing Japanese tourists.

Hassan Halemi, head of the pathology department at Kabul University where the autopsies were carried out, said hours of testing Saturday confirmed the identities of teachers Jun Fukusho and Shinobu Hasegawa.

The pair had been shot and their bodies dumped near the Spin Boldak highway, which links the former Taleban stronghold of Kandahar with the Pakistani border town of Chaman.

Officials say the two missing Japanese crossed into Afghanistan from Pakistan August 8, and were believed to be sight-seeing. The pair had not been seen or heard from since.