Nine cops killed in Taliban attack
KANDAHAR: Suspected Taliban insurgents on motorbikes opened fire on a police checkpoint in volatile southern Afghanistan Sunday, killing five policemen, a witness and doctor said.
Four attackers drove up to the checkpoint in a village on the outskirts of southern Kandahar city and started firing, said a witness.
Four of the policemen were shot dead and one died on the way to hospital, a doctor said. Three other officers were wounded, one of them critically, he said, asking to not be identified.
Police would not immediately confirm the attack. Purported Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi said the attackers were from the Taliban movement. “The guerrilla attack was carried out by four of our Mujahideen,” Ahmadi told reporters by telephone.
Another four policemen were shot dead in neighbouring Helmand at midnight on Friday by a man who had introduced himself during the day and spent several hours at their remote police checkpoint.
When the policemen went to sleep after their evening meal, the assailant grabbed a rifle and opened fire on them, Grishk district deputy police chief Amanullah said.
The Taliban said the assailant was one of their followers.
Taliban insurgents also set ablaze Saturday several trucks supplying goods for US-led troops in Helmand. The trucks were torched because they were supplying “infidel Americans”, Ahmadi said Sunday.
Southern Afghanistan, including Helmand and Kandahar provinces, has been badly hit by an insurgency launched by the militants after their ouster.
More than 2,000 people have died since the beginning of 2005 in violence mostly linked to the insurgency. AFP