Kabul: Nine Afghan police including a
district chief were killed in separate Taliban attacks on Wednesday
in the restive south of the country where security continues
to deteriorate ten years into the war.
In an ambush carried out with the help of a police
insider in Helmand province, officials said that eight police
officers were killed.
Daud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial
administration, blamed the insurgent group for the killings.
"The attackers were helped by one policeman who now
has fled with his gun," he told a news agency, referring to the attack
in the Nahri Sarraj district of Helmand.
"Three other policemen are injured and the one who was
a Taliban informant, the Taliban accomplice, has fled with the
attackers," Ahmadi said.
Later in the neighbouring province of Uruzgan, a
district police chief was killed and three of his bodyguards
were injured when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb -- the
Taliban`s cheaply-made weapon of choice.
Mohammad Gul, who ran the police in the district of
Chora, was killed on his way to the provincial capital Trin
Kot, said Gulab Khan, head of Uruzgan police`s investigations
"Mohammad Gul was killed in a roadside bomb attack,
and three of his bodyguards were injured," he said, blaming
the Taliban, who could not be reached for comment.
Yesterday, five people were killed in a suicide car
bombing near the police headquarters in Helmand`s provincial
capital Lashkar Gar, two months after British troops handed
the Afghan government control.
Afghanistan is plagued by a deadly 10-year insurgency
that has intensified each year since it was launched by the
remnants of the Taliban following their toppling from power in
The rebels have carried out several attacks helped by
infiltrating the Western-trained Afghan security forces.
Late Sunday, one American was killed and another
injured when an Afghan employee opened fire at an annex to the
US embassy in Kabul used by the CIA. It was not known if the
shooter was a Taliban infiltrator.