2 police officers killed; elder’s house attacked
KANDAHAR/PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Two police officers have been killed and another two policemen injured during two separate gun attacks in southern Kandahar and central Logar provinces, officials said on Thursday.
First Lt. Abdul Hadi, the 13th police district chief in Kandahar City, the capital of southern Kandahar province, was gunned down along with his brother, also a policeman, by unknown assailants last night, eyewitnesses said.
Another two policemen were wounded in the attack involving unknown gunmen who fled after committing the crime, a shopkeeper in the area, Nasir Ahmad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Hadi was part of a patrol when they came under attack in the Chawnai area at about 1am before the pre-dawn meal, sahari.
The shopkeeper said it was a sudden attack and the gunmen fired at the police patrol vehicle from an alley.
He said the district police chief and some other policemen were killed and wounded in the incident. Police also returned fire and cordoned off the area for several hours, the eyewitness said.
Kandahar police spokesman Zia Durrani confirmed the incident and the deaths of Hadi and his brother, saying another two policemen were wounded.
He said the attackers took advantage of crowds’ presence at the time and attacked the police vehicle on a patrol.
Police had launched an operation to arrest the attackers, but so far no arrests could be made, Durrani said.
There has been no word from the Taliban about the incident.
Hit-and-run attacks have lately increased in Kandahar City, often targeting police.
Separately, a police officer was killed and the house of a tribal elder stormed by unknown gunmen in the Mohammad Agha district of central Logar province last night.
The police officer was killed in front of his house in Kutabkhel area, the district police chief, Matiullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
In the same area, gunmen attacked the house of a tribal elder, Shaukat Stanikzai, and injured his son, the police official said.
He said both the incidents were being investigated, but no one had so far been arrested.
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