Illegal gunmen not police killed in Uruzgan raid: Raziq
KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): Kandahar police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq on Thursday claimed those killed in an American forces airstrike in central Uruzgan province were not policemen, but illegal armed individuals.
The airstrike targeted a police post near the capital of Uruzgan, Tirinkot, three days ago, killing eight police, according to the Uruzgan highway commander, Haji Rahimullah.
The incident took place in Sagai area on the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway. A day earlier, members of the lower house of parliament demanded the government to get blood money for families of the victims.
Gen. Raziq, who is spearheading the operation in Uruzgan, said those killed in the airstrike were illegal armed men.
He said the foreign forces bombed the security post in which illegal gunmen had taken position and had been firing at police with heavy and light guns, threatening the highway security.
The police chief for southern Kandahar province said detective police had shared information with foreign forces on Tuesday (Sept 20) at about 12pm about the presence of illegal gunmen and sought air support.
He explained police had abandoned several posts in Sagai area on the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway under pressure from Taliban militants and a new post in the same area had been established.
The illegal gunmen were attacking police in the new post when they were attacked by foreign forces, he said.
Gen. Raziq thanked foreign forces for their air support and said the foreigners fought shoulder to shoulder with Afghan forces against insurgents.
The police chief urged political analysts and media outlets to be careful in their comments keeping in view the latest situation of Uruzgan.
He said inappropriate comments negatively impacted the morale of security forces who were maintaining security at the cost of their lives.
A US forces spokesman in Kabul had said the airstrike in Tirinkot was carried out after a group of armed individuals were attacking Afghan partners.
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