11 policemen dead in Uruzgan attacks
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Eleven policemen were killed in two separate attacks in the wee hours of on Wednesday in central Uruzgan province, an official said.
Crime branch chief Col. Gulab Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News militants, aided by a security guard, stormed a checkpoint at 3am, killing six policemen.
At least one policeman was wounded in the attack, Col. Gulab said, adding the pro-Taliban official fled the post after the assault in the Marabad area of Tirinkot.
Public Health Director Dr. Khan Agha Miakhel confirmed receiving the bodies of five policemen from the scene of the attack. The wounded policeman was referred to a hospital in Kandahar province.
A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, claimed responsibility for the assault, and said it was conducted with the help of a fighter who had infiltrated police ranks.
According to another report, five policemen were poisoned to death by two of their colleagues at a security post in Charchino district.
The district police chief, Wali Dad, said the incident took place on Tuesday night. The rogue policemen behind the attack fled along with their colleagues’ weapons.
Meanwhile, the Taliban said two of the fighters had poised five police personnel.
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