Taliban kill 20 Afghan police officers in two attacks

Taliban kill 20 Afghan police officers in two attacks

Kabul : Afghanistan | Feb 27, 2013 at 2:14 PM PST
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Death and destruction continue in the violence-wracked Afghanistan, despite utmost efforts by the US-led coalition troops to weed out militants from the country. There is hardly a day in the volatile country without a terrorist attack. So far, the coalition troops have killed hundreds of terrorists in the country, while hundreds others have been incarcerated in the decade-old war against the militants. It is unfortunate that the Taliban and their accomplices are still potent enough to strike any place of their choice, while the Obama administration plans to pull out the troops from the war-ravaged country by the end of 2014.

Just on Wednesday, as many as 20 Afghan police officers were killed in two separate incidents allegedly by the Taliban. In Ghazni province, a group of 17 police officers were shot down when they were asleep. Reportedly, the officers had just assumed their active duties after being trained by the United States forces and were poisoned by their colleagues before being killed. It is suspected to be a handiwork of the Taliban, as they have infiltrated ranks of the Afghan army. In the last couple of months, it has surfaced as one of the greatest challenges for the US forces and the Afghan government to track down Taliban infiltrators in the Afghan army. There have been a number of cases where Taliban disguised as colleagues of Afghan and US troops carried out attacks on them.

According to media reports, the Ghazni attack took place at a remote Afghan Local Police outpost in Habib Godala village in the Andar district in the wee hours of Wednesday. The Ghazni police chief, General Zrawar Zahid, also confirmed the incident later. The attackers, who are believed to be Taliban infiltrators, poisoned the dinner food of their colleagues and later shot them dead at close range to ensure they were dead. The attackers also stole weapons of the slain officers and fled after setting a police vehicle ablaze. There are reports that Afghan officials have arrested two policemen, described as Taliban infiltrators who had carried out the attack. However, it is premature to say anything about the development.

In a separate incident in Kandahar province, three policemen were also killed allegedly by one of Taliban supporters. No arrest had been made in this case till the filing of this report. Fiazanullah Fiazan, a former provincial governor in Ghazni, said that the Afghan Local Police had been warned repeatedly to conduct proper and thorough vetting of people who want to join the force. He alleged that the Afghan Local Police officials didn’t listen to directives of the high-ups and continue recruiting people with dubious identities just to meet the recruitment deadlines. The Afghan government should immediately look into the matter in order to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future.

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Taliban kills 20 Afghan police officers in Ghazni Province
Taliban kills 20 Afghan police officers in Ghazni Province (Gaphic: Khaama Press)
StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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