Six Afghan Police Poisoned, Shot Dead: Officials
[Tolo] Six Afghan coppers were rubbed out after being poisoned by colleagues in southern Afghanistan, officials said Saturday.
The shooting, which is the latest in a series by Afghan security personnel targeting their local and foreign colleagues, occurred in Gereshk district of volatile Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province on Thursday.
"A cook and a policeman first food-poisoned their colleagues in their post, and after they fell unconscious they were rubbed out," provincial front man Ahmad Zeerak told AFP.
He said the policeman involved in the shooting had been tossed in the calaboose
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
but the cook was still on the lam.
Farid Ahmad Farhang, a provincial police front man, confirmed the incident.
The Taliban grabbed credit for the attack, according to purported front man Yousif Ahmadi, who said eight coppers were killed and their weapons seized.
Afghan police are the key force in supporting US-led NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
forces in a war against the Talibs.
Afghanistan has witnessed a surge in insider attacks, often by Taliban spies, in which more than 50 foreigners and dozens of local forces have been killed by their colleagues this year.
The unprecedented number of insider killings comes at a critical moment in the 11-year war, as US-led NATO forces plan to hand security responsibility to the Afghans ahead of a withdrawal of combat forces by the end of 2014.
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