Afghan policemen killed in attack

Eight policemen killed at checkpoint in the northeastern Baghlan province.

    The checkpoint attacked on Monday was set up to protect locals and Nato convoys [GALLO/GETTY]

    Barakzai said the post had been set up recently to protect convoys supplying Nato troops in Afghanistan.

    Baghlan province lies on the route used by the Nato military alliance for supplies to its troops.

    Claim of responsibility

    A man claiming to speak for Hezb-e-Islami, an Afghan group, told the AFP news agency in a telephone call that his group had carried out the attack.

    One of the group's fighters also died during the assault, he said.

    Hezb-e-Islami is led by former Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former Afghan prime minister who is on the United States' most wanted list of "terror" suspects.

    The attack underscores the vulnerability of Afghan police, whose training, along with that of the local military, is a priority in the recently announced US strategy for Afghanistan.

    Barack Obama, the US president, this month gave the order for 30,000 more US troops to be deployed to Afghanistan.

    The US government is aiming to begin withdrawing American troops in July 2011.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.