Afghan policeman turns weapons on colleagues, nine dead

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Posted: Mar 30, 2012 4:54 AM
Afghan policeman turns weapons on colleagues, nine dead

KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan policeman killed nine colleagues in an attack in the eastern province of Paktika, the governor's office said on Friday, the latest in a string of rogue shootings that has also targeted foreign forces.

Two policemen have been detained after the attack on Thursday night in Yahya Khil district, while a third officer was missing. It was not clear if the assailant was among the pair detained, Mukhlis Afghan, the provincial governor's spokesman, said.

A series of attacks on NATO personnel by Afghan army and police have stoked fears that the security forces have turned against their western allies, or have been infiltrated by the Taliban insurgents.

(Writing by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)