Rogue Policeman Poisons Then Shoots Dead Ten Afghan Officers

The latest in a long series of attacks by rogue policemen collaborating with insurgents took place at a checkpoint in the Chenartu district of Afghanistan's volatile southern province of Uruzgan.
January 26, 2016, 11:25am
An Afghan security member secures the site after an attack on police station in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in December. Photo by Muhammad Sadiq/EPA

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A rogue police officer collaborating with insurgents in southern Afghanistan shot dead 10 colleagues on Tuesday after first poisoning their food, an official said.

The latest in a long series of so-called insider attacks took place at a checkpoint in the Chenartu district of the volatile southern province of Uruzgan, according to district chief Faiz Mohammad.

He said security forces were looking for the policeman and the presumed Taliban allies who joined him in shooting his colleagues in the early hours of Tuesday.

"After the shooting, the policeman and Taliban stole their weapons and burnt the checkpoint and a police vehicle," Faiz Mohammad said.

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A spokesman for Oruzgan's governor told VICE News that the bodies of the deceased officers are currently being transferred on the way to be delivered to their families.

Uruzgan, which borders the traditional Taliban strongholds of Helmand and Kandahar provinces, was the scene of a similar incident last week when four police shot and killed nine colleagues before joining the Taliban with weapons and equipment.

Insider attacks have been a major problem among security forces struggling with low morale and high desertion rates, and there have been repeated instances of police and soldiers going over to the Taliban.

The Taliban, ousted from power in 2001 by US-led forces, have stepped up their insurgency since the withdrawal of most foreign troops in 2014 and have launched a concentrated campaign in Helmand and other southern provinces.