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Taliban attack check posts in Badghis, Herat 3 policemen defect to Taliban

23 January, 2013

HERAT: An Afghan Local Police official was killed as the Taliban attacked security checkposts in Badghis and Herat provinces, officials said Tuesday.

The Taliban attacked an outpost of the Afghan Local Police in Ali Charkh area, Qadis district, Badghis province last night, killing a cop, the district governor Mirza Ali told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP). He said he did not have information about casualties to the Taliban.

Meanwhile, the Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi told the AIP that five Afghan Local Police personnel, including their commander Abdul Rasheed, were killed in the attack in Qadis district. A Taliban fighter was killed in the gunfight, he said, adding their fighters captured one Kalashnikov in the attack.

In Pashtun Zarghun district of Herat province, the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in Baladash area last night, the district governor Muhammad Daud Nizami told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP). He said the police did not suffer casualties, and that he did not have information about casualties to the Taliban in the gunfight.

However, the Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmad claimed that three policemen were killed and one more was injured in the attack. The checkpost was also destroyed in the attack, he claimed.

The officials rejected the claims as false and said the security forces did not suffer casualties.

In a separate incident, the Taliban spokesman said their fighters killed a commander of the Afghan Local Police, Abdul Manan, in Salimi area of Pashtun Zarghun district yesterday.

Meanwhile, three Afghan National Police (ANP) personnel have defected to the Taliban after fastening their colleagues at a checkpost in the western province of Farah, officials said on Tuesday. After fastening their five colleagues, the three cops decamped with 14 weapons, three wireless communication devices and escaped in a vehicle before defecting to the Taliban in Zari Baloch area of Khashrod, the district governor Muhammad Hashim Noorzi told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

One of the cops, a resident of Bala Murghab district of Badghis, had ties with the Taliban, he said, adding the incident was under investigation.

Meanwhile, the Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that the in-charge of the checkpoint, Abdul Qudoos, resident of Badghis, took the step. Welcoming his action, Ahmadi said the cops were with the Taliban.

Itís pertinent to mention that five Afghan Local Police personnel with the support of an ANP official defected to the Taliban in Bala Baluk district of Farah province two days ago.

Reports about the Afghan police personnel joining the Taliban have also come to the limelight in the past, a concern for the high-ranking security officials in maintaining peace and stability.

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