Taleban kill 12 militiamen in insider attack

HERAT, AFGHANISTAN (AFP) – Two Taleban fighters who had infiltrated a base of pro-government Afghan militiamen killed 12 of them, officials and the insurgent group said yesterday.

The night-time attack at a post manned by the militiamen occurred in the district of Ghorian in the western Herat province late on Friday, the governor for the district Farhad Khademi told AFP.

“Twelve pro-government militiamen were killed in the Taleban attack in Ghorian district last night,” he said.

Herat provincial council member Mohammad Sardar Bahaduri confirmed the attack and said it was carried out by two Taleban fighters who had infiltrated the base.

“The militiamen were dining when the attack happened,” he said.

The Taleban also said two of its fighters had carried out the attack and then returned.

In a separate incident, a vehicle carrying policemen was struck by a roadside bomb in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul, police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz told reporters.