Police recruits shoot dead commander and officers

Mon, Aug 13, 2012, 01:00

Two Afghan policemen have shot dead a senior commander and eight other officers, the latest in a string of attacks by rogue security forces.

The attack on Saturday in southwestern Nimruz province near the Iranian border was the fifth in less than a week involving men in uniform turning on their comrades or foreign trainers.

The attackers were local men who had only signed up for the police three months ago. In an added twist, the pair targeted the man who had vouched for their trustworthiness. The attack came just a day after policemen shot dead six US soldiers in neighbouring Helmand province.

So far this year, 37 foreign soldiers and military contractors have been killed in 27 such attacks, far more than in 2011. – (Guardian service)