Insider attacks kill 9 Afghan police in 2 daysSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 20/10/2012 11:36 pm in World / no comments
KABUL, Oct. 20 — Insider attacks or the so-called green-on-blue assaults which carried out by men in uniform on security forces have claimed nine lives since Friday, but the victims this time are all Afghans and not NATO-led forces service members, officials confirmed.
In the latest insider attack, a man in police uniform sprayed bullets on policemen in a police checkpoint in Khost province 150 km southeast of Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing three policemen on the spot, a local official revealed.
“In a tragic incident, a police constable opened fire and killed three colleagues in a checkpoint in Zazai Maidan district at 03:00 a.m. local time today,” the district police chief Azizullah told Xinhua.
He also stated that investigation is underway to identify the fact behind the bloody firing. The culprit made his good escape, he admitted.
Meantime, Zabihullah Mujahid who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit in talks with media via telephone from unknown location claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the attacker was a Taliban penetrated member and has rejoined the Taliban fighters.
Earlier, in a similar incident which happened in the southern Helmand province 555 km south of Kabul on Friday night, six police were killed.
“A police constable who had link with the Taliban militants and worked as chef in a police checkpoint in Gereshk district of Helmand province opened fire on their colleague late Friday night leaving six colleagues dead and fled away to join Taliban,” police spokesman in the province Ahmad Farid Farhang told Xinhua.
However, he contended that murderer was identified and arrested in the neighboring Musa Qala district Saturday morning.
A statement released by Helmand’s provincial administration on Saturday confirmed the incident, saying two people were involved in killing six colleagues and making blood bath.
“A police constable and a cook of a police checkpoint who had linked with the Taliban militants opened fire and killed two policemen. Following the gun shots, a group of Taliban rebels who were waiting nearby entered the checkpoint and sprayed bullets killing four others on the spot and made their good escape,” the statement added.
Nevertheless, the statement contended that the police constable who was involved in making blood bath was captured by security personnel in Musa Qala district and being investigated.
Meanwhile, the Taliban outfit has also claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a Taliban loyalist after killing eight police on a checkpoint in Gereshk district of Helmand province and seizing three assault rifles joined the Taliban fighters Friday night.
So far this year, 52 soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have been killed in the so-called green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan. The cases of insider attacks against Afghan security forces have been rarely reported. Almost the same number of Afghan security personnel were reportedly lost their lives in such offensives since beginning this year.