Afghan policeman kills five colleagues in Kandahar

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A rogue Afghan policeman drugged his colleagues before shooting five of them dead, officials said Thursday.

The incident took place Wednesday night at a checkpoint where 13 policemen were posted in southern Kandahar province.

The attacker was later shot dead by police from a nearby checkpoint who approached after hearing the firing.

“Around 9:00 pm, a rogue policeman turned his weapon on his colleagues in a police checkpoint in Zherai district of Kandahar province,” Rahmatullah Atrafi, deputy police chief for the province, told AFP.

“Tragically, we have five policemen martyred and seven others were wounded — they fell asleep after being drugged,” he added.

The provincial governor spokesman Samim Khpalwak confirmed the account to AFP.