A man wearing an Afghan police uniform shot dead two British soldiers in Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand province, a local police official said today.
Col. Abdul Nabi Ilham, the police chief for the province, said in a phone interview that an individual dressed in an Afghan police uniform “opened fire on British soldiers in Nahr- e-Seraj district of Helmand province, killing two British soldiers.” The attacker managed to flee from the area, he said.
NATO’s International Security Assistance Force confirmed in an e-mailed statement that two of its soldiers were killed by a man in a police uniform. ISAF didn’t provide more information about the attack or the nationality of the dead soldiers.
It wasn’t known immediately whether the killer had obtained the uniform or was in the police, which would make it a so- called green-on-blue attack. ISAF said earlier this month that 37 attacks by Afghans working alongside international partners have claimed the lives of 51 coalition forces or contractors this year, with a spike in such incidents in August. In all of last year, 21 attacks killed 35 ISAF partners. In 2010, six insider attacks killed 20 coalition members.
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