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Afghanistan executes five members of criminal gang

KABUL: Afghanistan on Wednesday executed five members of a gang involved in kidnapping and murder, as the government of the war-torn nation struggles to curb criminals who target foreigners and wealthy locals. The hangings were carried out at Kabul's Pul-e-Charkhi prison after the convicts lost three appeals and President Ashraf Ghani confirmed the sentences, the interior ministry said in a statement. It said the group was involved in the kidnapping and murder of the deputy head of a construction company, and was also…