Taliban Attacks Afghan Police Vehicle

A roadside bomb installed by Taliban killed 10 Afghan policemen returning from a recruitment centre in southern Afghanistan’s restive Helmand province on Thursday, the local government said.

The victims were members of the US-funded Afghan Local Police (ALP). Afghan Local Police was set up last year, aims to prepare a local security force which will take over the security control of Afghanistan after foreign combat troops will leave Afghanistan in theory by the end of 2014.

“Ten local police were killed and one was injured after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province,” provincial governor’s spokesman Daud Ahmadi said.

“The police were on their way back from a recruitment centre.” Three of the ALP officers were newly recruited, he added.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Our mujahedeen fighters attacked a police vehicle and as a result 10 police were killed including a police commander,” said spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi.

Mohammad Marjan, police chief of Nad-e Ali, confirmed the attack.

“On the way back from training, their vehicle struck a roadside bomb. As a result 10 police were killed and one was wounded,” he said.

President Hamid Karzai has announced that the security of few districts, included Nad-e-Ali would be transferred to Afghan forces from Nato in the second phase of transition.