LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) – An Afghan policeman shot and killed his commanding officer and a district governor in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday, in an attack claimed by Taleban insurgents, who said the policeman had defected to their movement.
The Taleban have stepped up attacks to undermine the Afghan security forces and government after the withdrawal of most foreign combat troops 13 years after a US-led intervention force toppled a former Taleban government.
Sayed Murad Sadat, chief of Helmand’s Nawzad district, and police commander Shamsullah were killed in the attack during a meeting on Monday, said Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar, deputy provincial police chief.
“An investigation has already started to find out the reason for the shooting,” Rasoulyar said, adding the police officer was himself shot dead after the attack.
Taleban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility on his official Twitter account.
“A police infiltrator killed all officials in Nawzad district of Helmand yesterday,” Mujahid said.
The Taleban also claimed responsibility for a car bomb that killed two people in the capital, Kabul, on Tuesday.