Afghan guards kid­napped in Kabul

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

KABUL: Afghan gun­men at­tacked a con­struc­tion com­pany in Kabul prov­ince, wound­ing one se­cu­rity guard and kid­nap­ping nine oth­ers, the In­te­rior Min­istry said Tues­day.

Gun­men opened fire on 18 Afghan guards in the moun­tain­ous Sarobi district, about 27 miles (45 kilo­me­ters) east of the cap­i­tal, Kabul on Mon­day.

Nine guards were kid­napped and nine es­caped, said Ze­meri Bashary, a spokesman for the Afghan In­te­rior Min­istry. The gun­men also seized sev­eral ri­fles.

The at­tack came the same day an Afghan border po­lice­man killed six Amer­i­can ser­vice mem­bers dur­ing a train­ing mis­sion, un­der­scor­ing one of the risks in a U.S.-led pro­gram to ed­u­cate enough re­cruits to turn over the lead for se­cu­rity to Afghan forces by 2014.

The at­tacker was killed in the shootout, which ap­peared to be the dead­li­est at­tack of its kind in at least two years.

The Tal­iban claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for killing the six U.S. troops in Nan­garhar prov­ince near the Pak­istan border, say­ing the of­fi­cer had en­listed as a sleeper agent in or­der to have an op­por­tu­nity to kill for­eign­ers. Attacks on NATO troops by Afghan po­lice­men or sol­diers, al­though still rare, have in­creased as the coali­tion has ac­cel­er­ated the pro­gram. Other prob­lems with the rapidly grow­ing se­cu­rity forces in­clude drug use, wide­spread il­lit­er­acy and high rates of at­tri­tion. NATO is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing an in­ci­dent ear­lier this month in which two U.S. Marines were killed in south­ern Hel­mand prov­ince, al­legedly at the hands of an Afghan sol­dier.

Af­ter two deadly shoot­ings in July, NATO of­fi­cers said they were re-ex­am­in­ing train­ing prac­tices to make sure that such attacks did not hap­pen again. On July 20, an Afghan army sergeant got into an ar­gu­ment at a shoot­ing range in north­ern Afghanistan and shot dead two Amer­i­can civil­ian train­ers be­fore be­ing killed. An­other Afghan sol­dier was killed in the cross­fire. In Novem­ber 2009, an Afghan po­lice­man killed five Bri­tish sol­diers at a check­point in Hel­mand. -Ap

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