Taliban attack northern village: Afghan police
Afghan village was working to join local police against the insurgency.
Kabul: About 100 Taliban fighters on
motorcycles attacked a northern Afghan village that was
working to join the government-sponsored local police
programme against the insurgency, police said on Wednesday.
A villager and 17 militants were killed.
The attack that took place yesterday evening sparked a
gunfight that raged intensely for two hours and then continued
with sporadic shooting until just before dawn today, said
Abdul Aziz Ghyrat, the police chief for Jawzjan province.
"They targeted Abduraman village. The people there
planned to join the local police and the Taliban had heard
about this plan," Ghyrat said.
The Afghan Local Police, or ALP, is a controversial new
programme through which villages can select a group of local
men to be trained and equipped by the Afghan government to
fight the Taliban.
Its American and Afghan backers argue that the force is
needed to defend areas that are under threat from the Taliban
but don`t have a strong formal police presence.
Critics, however, say the program essentially funds
The villagers in Abduraman fought to fend off the attack
themselves until reinforcements arrived in the form of Afghan
police, army and NATO air support, Ghyrat said.
At the end of the fighting, one villager and 17 militants
were dead, he said. Among the dead militants was a local
Taliban commander who had led bombings and attacks in the
region, he added.
Meanwhile, NATO said a bomb killed a coalition service
member in eastern Afghanistan yesterday. The military alliance
did not provide further details on the deceased, in line with
a policy of waiting for national authorities to release the