Local policeman guns down foreign soldier
SHARAN (PAN): A local policeman shot dead a foreign soldier on Monday, while his comrades returned fire, killing the policeman and injuring another, in southern Paktika province, officials said on Tuesday.
“The attacker was shot dead and another policeman wounded in retaliatory fire in the Sarrawza district,” the local police commander, Sher Mohammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
However, the governor’s spokesman, Mukhlis Afghan, said two local policemen were wounded during the shooting on Monday evening. “The injured were taken to Paktika civil hospital,” he said, adding a delegation had been sent to the area by Governor Muhibullah Samim to investigate the shooting.
Meanwhile, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the coalition soldier was shot by a member of the Afghan local police, as the security forces approached a police checkpoint.
“The circumstances behind the incident are currently under investigation by Afghan and coalition forces,” said a statement from the multinational force that neither revealed the victim’s nationality nor the exact location of the incident. Mostly US soldiers are deployed in Paktika.
On Monday, an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier shot dead his two British counterparts in southern Helmand province. Since the burning of four copies of the Quran by US troops last month at the Bagram Airbase, eight foreign soldiers, including six Americans, had been killed by Afghan security personnel.
Last month, the Pentagon said Afghan security members had carried out 45 attacks on international forces since 2007, killing 70 soldiers and injuring 110 others. Seventy percent of the incident occurred over the past two years.
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