The Taliban has killed at least 35 construction workers in Afghanistan.
Militants opened fire on their victims, who had been working on a road project in Paktia province in the volatile southeast.
More than a dozen workers are reported missing. But, while a Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack, he denied any hostages were taken.
Construction crews and others working on infrastructure projects are frequently targeted by insurgents.
Violence in Afghanistan is at its worst since the overthrow of the Taliban government in 2001. Last month, the group announced the start of a so-called “spring offensive”.