Insiders Drug, Kill 17 Afghan Cops
Taliban takes credit for new insider attack
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 27, 2013 9:16 AM CST
Afghan security forces leave the scene after the Kabul traffic police headquarters building was attacked by militants in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Police say a Taliban raid of the Kabul...   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

(Newser) – In the latest Afghan police insider attack, 17 officers were drugged at dinner and killed while they were passed out. Two policemen have reportedly been arrested in the Ghazni province attack; officials say they're Taliban members. After shooting the victims—seven of whom were still in training—the escaping attackers stole their weapons and burned a police car.

The Taliban took credit for the attack in an email to reporters. "By eliminating these corrupt (militia members), oppression has been weakened and decreased in the area," the message said, citing police "atrocities and crimes." Taliban members have managed to enter the police force thanks to local officials' meddling in the recruitment process, a Ghazni activist tells the New York Times. The killings follow other insider drug attacks in December and January, the Times notes—but this seems to be the deadliest.

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Feb 28, 2013 10:13 AM CST
i love love love it when the savages kill eachother and not us!!!!!!!! keep up the good work guys!!!!!
Feb 28, 2013 7:23 AM CST
Well it's Karzai's party real soon. We will leave that hell whole and it will be wide open for the terrorist to take control. We should have helped the Soviets.
Feb 28, 2013 7:19 AM CST
Get out of that GODLESS PLACE.