Insiders Drug, Kill 17 Afghan Cops

Taliban takes credit for new insider attack

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 27, 2013 9:16 AM CST

(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.

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)
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