20 Afghan policemen killed in two attacks

A group of 17 Afghan policemen were drugged by their comrades while on duty and then shot to death in their sleep,Afghan officials said.

Written by New York Times | Kabul | Published:February 28, 2013 12:54 am

A group of 17 Afghan policemen were drugged by their comrades while on duty and then shot to death in their sleep,Afghan officials said.

The attack took place at a remote police post in Ghazni Province early Wednesday,General Zrawar Zahid,the Ghazni police chief. Other Afghan officials said two policemen were arrested who they said were Taliban infiltrators responsible for the attack.

Local officials said the attack in Habib Godala village in the Andar district took place about 1 am,after the policemen in the outpost had been drugged during dinner and fallen asleep. All were then shot at close range,and the attackers set a police vehicle on fire before fleeing.

General Zahid said that 10 of the victims were Afghan Local Police officers and seven others were trainee recruits.

Taliban in a statement claimed responsibility. “Locals in the area were tired of the atrocities and crimes of these arbakais [irregular militia and their lives and property were not safe,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid wrote.

Taliban also said one of its supporter shot dead three policemen in Kandahar,although police attributed the killings to a relative of one of the victims.

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