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    Afghan police attack Italian troops in Farah

    FARAH CITY (PAN): Three Afghan policemen fired at Italian troops in the Bala Baluk district of western Farah province late on Monday, but the insider assault caused no casualties, local officials said on Tuesday.

    On the other hand, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) denied the green-on-blue attack. It said in response to an email from Pajhwok Afghan News that there had neither been any NATO fatalities nor an insider attack in the district yesterday.

    A Taliban spokesman said that the policemen with links to the militant movement attacked the Italian soldiers. Three troops were killed and four others injured in the shooting, he claimed.

    For his part, Farah Governor Abdul Rahman Zhwandai told Pajhwok two members of the US-funded Afghan Local Police (ALP) and one official of the Afghan National Police (ANP) assaulted the soldiers.

    The shooting took place in the Ganjabad village of Bala Baluk at about 3.30am, according to the governor, who said the assailants were caught alive. They are currently under investigation.

    Mullah Syed Mohammad, the district’s administrative head, verified the incident. However, he said, the attackers managed to flee. He offered no information about the casualties.

    A provincial security official, who did not want to be named, said the Italian soldiers came under fire from the policemen during a dismounted patrol of the area. He added the assailants had joined the Taliban after fleeing the area.

    Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, the militant mouthpiece, identified the attackers included an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier Mohammad Ayaz and three policemen.