Bodies of 18 migrants from Afghanistan found dead in Bulgaria brought to Kabul

The bodies of 18 migrants from Afghanistan who were found dead in a truck in Bulgaria over three months ago arrived in Kabul on Wednesday, Taliban said in a statement.

The bodies were found in a secret compartment in an abandoned truck carrying timber near the capital Sofia in February. Bulgarian authorities confirmed all 18 had died of suffocation.

Zia Ahmad Takal, Taliban spokesman for Foreign Ministry, said that the Taliban administration paid for the repatriation of the bodies.

He blamed the Bulgarian legal process for their delayed return and restrictions imposed on Afghanistan.

Eight of the victims are from Nangarhar, one from Kunar, one from Kapisa, two from Maidan Wardak, one from Logar and five from Kabul.

Takal said the bodies of the migrants have been sent to their respective provinces.