Cop who killed two US troops joins Taliban: Qari Yousaf
27 October, 2012
KANDAHAR/KABUL: Taliban on Friday claimed the policeman who killed two US troops in southern Uruzgan province joined them.
Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi, spokesman for Taliban, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that the policeman Muhammad Qasim safely reached Taliban after killing two US troops.
"The cop shot dead two US soldiers, Capt. James and his deputy Peter, in Uruzgan province and joined Taliban," he claimed.
Yesterday, ISAF reported such an incident in Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province.
In another similar incident, he said, two Afghan soldiers, Bakhmali and Waheed Shah, attacked and killed seven Italian troops in Siab Agha area of Bakwa district, Farah province, yesterday.
He said Bakhmali safely escaped and joined Taliban while Waheed Shah was killed by other foreign troops, adding both were hailing from eastern Ningarhar province.
When contacted, ISAF press office said, "We can confirm there was an insurgent attack in Farah province yesterday, killing one ANA soldier and one ISAF service member. However, we have no operational reporting that an ANA soldier or ANA troopsopened fire on ISAF troops."
Meanwhile, a soldier of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed after an attack in western Afghanistan yesterday, ISAF said Friday.
The ISAF soldier—whose nationality was not disclosed—"died following an insurgent attack", the NATO-led force announced in a brief statement without giving further details of the attack.
But Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that two Afghan National Army soldiers, Bakhmali and Waheed Shahi, hailing from eastern Ningarhar province, opened fire on ISAF troops in Bakwa district of western Farah province yesterday, "killing seven Italian troops."
He said Wahseed Shah was shot and killed by the foreign troops while Bakhmali joined Taliban.
The Taliban claimed not be independently confirmed.