Monday, March 11, 2013

Afghan Policeman Kills US, Afghan Special Forces in Wardak

An Afghan police officer has opened fire on US and Afghan special forces in central Maidan Wardak province, killing at least two US and three Afghan commandos, several sources told TOLOnews Monday.

It was initially reported that around eight police officers had fired on the joint commando task force at a military training centre in the Jalryz district who were present for a morning meeting.

The number of shooters has now been reduced to one police officer ,who was killed in return fire.

As many as 12 more US and Afghan troops and police were injured in the shooting. Earlier reports had said the number might be as high as 23 injured, but this is yet to be confirmed.

Isaf confirmed an "insider attack" happened at a base in Wardak's Jalryz district in a released statement.

"Two US Forces-Afghanistan service members died in eastern Afghanistan today when an individual wearing an Afghan National Security Forces uniform turned a weapon on US and Afghan forces," Isaf said.

"A policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the US Department of Defense, who will release the names once next of kin have been notified," it added.

Meanwhile, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Sediq Sediqi also confirmed in the attack, but did not provide details about the exact number of the casualties.

"Unfortunately an incident has taken place in which one was involved in the attack and wearing the Afghan police uniform. A delegation has been send to Wardak for the investigations for the further details," Sediqi told TOLOnews.

"We cannot share more details now until the investigations are complete," he added.

The attack happened on the same day that was the deadline for US special forces to leave the Wardak province as decreed by President Hamid Karzai two weeks ago.

Karzai's deadline was given after reports of Afghan forces subordinate to the US army were abusing civilians in the province.


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