Friday, April 19, 2013

13 Afghan policemen killed in Taliban attack

GHAZNI, Afghanistan, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Thirteen Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel were killed early Friday morning when Taliban launched attack on a checkpoint in Andar district in the country's eastern province of Ghazni, an official said.

"Taliban raided an ALP checkpoint in Gandaeer area in Andar district early Friday morning, killing 13 ALP cops," the district administrative chief, Mohammad Qasim Destiwal, told Xinhua.

Details about the incident was not immediately clear, however, the official said an investigation into the incident was underway.

The ALP or community police was established in August 2010 to protect villages and districts around the war-torn country where Afghan army and police have limited presence.

The Taliban, which has been waging an insurgency for more than a decade, has recently intensified attacks as the spring and summer known as fighting season is drawing near.

On Thursday evening, Usman Jan, a senior district official with the Afghan intelligence agency, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Ismail Khil district of eastern Khost province, the district administrative chief Mohammad Younus told Xinhua.

2013-04-19 14:55:05

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