KABUL: Taliban sympathizers in Afghanistan's Herat province indiscriminately opened fire on their colleagues, killing 13.
According to Afghan media, policemen were eating at a police check post in Ghorian District, Herat Province, when three of them first threw grenades and then indiscriminately opened fire on their colleagues.
The attack was so sudden and unexpected that police officers did not have a chance to recover and 13 officers were shot dead. The assailants were also policemen who took weapons and vehicles with them after the operation.
A Herat police spokesman said the three officers who killed the policemen had joined the local Taliban after the operation. The three attackers may have been Taliban fighters who joined the police force for the operation.
It is not the first time that Taliban sympathizers in the Afghan police and army have attacked and killed police and military personnel. Last year, seven Afghan soldiers and six policemen, including two US soldiers, were killed in three major incidents.