Afghan po­lice of­fi­cers be­ing killed in their sleep

Austin American-Statesman - - NEWS -

— all slain in their sleep, at the hands of those close to them.

Early Thurs­day morn­ing, an Afghan po­lice­man un­locked the door of the post where he was sta­tioned in Oruz­gan province and let in his friends from the Tal­iban, who with knives and guns helped him kill four and wound eight of his sleep­ing col­leagues.

On Sun­day, a lo­cal po­lice com­man­der in the re­mote north­ern province of Jawz­jan shot to death, in their beds, five of the men un­der his com­mand, and fled to join the Tal­iban. And on Dec. 18, a teenager ap­par­ently be­ing kept for sex­ual pur­poses by an Afghan Bor­der Po­lice com­man­der in south­ern Kan­da­har province drugged the com­man­der and the other 10 po­lice­men at the post to put them to sleep, and then he shot them all; eight died and three sur­vived with wounds.

In the cri­sis that has risen in the past year over in­sider killings, when Afghan se­cu­rity forces turn on their al­lies, the toll has been even heav­ier for the Afghans them­selves — at least 86 in a count by the New York Times this year.

Un­like most in­sider at­tacks against for­eign forces, known as “greenon-blue” killings, most of the at­tacks be­tween Afghans, “green on green,” have been clear cases of ei­ther in­fil­tra­tion by Tal­iban in­sur­gents or turn­coat at­tacks.

The wave of killings over the past year has po­lice­men all over Afghanistan watch­ing what they eat, and sleep­ing un­easily.

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