2 policemen killed by rebels in S. Afghanistan

KABUL: (MEP) – Unknown armed rebels killed at least two Afghan policemen near the Chaman Pakistan-Afghan border in Kandhar province, said officials on Thursday.

A senior administration official, Assistant Commissioner of Chaman Ismail Ibrahim, indicated that police discovered the dead bodies of the two policemen in the Boghra area of Chaman, Pakistan’s neighboring town with volatile southern Afghanistan. The dead bodies were shifted to the Civil Hospital Chaman for postmortem examinations. Earlier, the Deputy Interior Minister of Afghanistan, General Salim Ehsas in a conference in the capital city Kabul said that “Taliban rebels killed nearly eighty Afghan policemen every week during the current fighting season as the national security forces take on the battle against militants,” adding that “1,273 national police, 779 local police, and 858 civilians have lost their lives.” Afghan rebels have targeted government installations and security men quite actively as the Afghan security forces have taken control of security across the country in June, as the foreign NATO/ISAF forces prepare to leave Afghanistan till end of 2014, KUNA reported.

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