Two Afghan police die, NATO chopper crashes in east

Last Updated: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 19:50

Kabul: Two people were killed when militants
ambushed an Afghan police vehicle on Saturday and a coalition
helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan with no fatalities,
NATO and Afghan officials said.

The Afghan Ministry of Interior said insurgents attacked
the policemen in Dara Nur district in the northern tip of
Nangarhar province. Two others were wounded in the attack, the
ministry said.

Fighting has escalated in eastern Afghanistan as Afghan
and coalition forces step up their attacks on insurgents along
the Pakistan border and militants retaliate with attacks on
pro-government forces and Afghan officials.

A suicide attacker on foot detonated his vest packed with
explosives yesterday afternoon at the entrance to a building
used by education officials in Jayi Maydan district of Khost
province, said Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai, police chief in the
eastern province.

The bomber died in the attack and four people were
wounded, including the district education director and a local
principal, he said.

The coalition helicopter crashed this morning in Alasay
district of Kapisa province, northeast of Kabul.

No further details have been disclosed about the crash,
which is under investigation.

Aziz Rahman Tawab, acting provincial governor in Kapisa
province, said the helicopter crashed into the side of a
mountain.

In September 2010, nine American troops were killed in a
helicopter crash in a rugged area of Zabul province in
southern Afghanistan.

Also in the east, the Afghan Defense Ministry said today
that eight insurgents were killed and eight others were
wounded in a gunbattle with Afghan forces yesterday in the
Pech Valley area of eastern Kunar province, which borders
Pakistan.

In the south, the Afghan National Police yesterday
arrested six armed insurgents driving a police military
vehicle in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand
province, the governor`s office said.

Three of the insurgents were wearing police uniforms, a
statement from the governor`s office today said.

Since March 2009, the coalition has recorded 20 incidents
where a member of the Afghan security forces or someone
wearing one of their uniforms killed coalition forces.

The coalition says 10 of the 20 incidents involved the
impersonation of an Afghan policeman or soldier; the cause of
the other 10 incidents were attributed to combat stress or
unknown reasons.

PTI




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