Monday, May 28, 2018 | ePaper

Taliban infiltrator kills 16 Afghan govt militiamen

  • Print
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) :
A Taliban infiltrator killed 16 members of a pro-government militia force in the insurgency ridden southern province of Helmand when he turned his gun on men who he had worked with for months, officials said on Monday. The Afghan security agency had set up the militia to infiltrate the Taliban, a security official told Reuters, though a spokesman for Helmand's governor was unable to identify the group.
"We know that a Taliban fighter killed 16 militiamen fighting alongside government forces, but who these forces belong to, we don't know yet," said the spokesman, Omar Zwak.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killings in the province's Gereshk district on Saturday, saying two of its fighters were involved.
A security official, who declined to be identified, said the suspected gunman had worked with the militia for months and took arms and ammunition after killing the men.
Helmand is one of Afghanistan's most violent provinces, and also a major source of opium, the narcotic used to make heroin. The Taliban, fighting to re-establish strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan and drive out international forces backing the government in Kabul, control large stretches of the province.

More News For this Category

BNP pushes for greater political unity

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said the nation will not forgive the political parties if they fail to forge a national unity to restore democracy and

Why they were not arrested before

Security officials said they have detained over 6,700 suspected drug dealers across the country in the government’s ongoing ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on drugs.The aggressive anti-narcotic campaign has also taken lives

Shootout toll now 93

Shootout toll now 93

Staff Reporter  :Eleven more alleged drug peddlers, including a municipal councillor, were killed in "gunfights" in 11 districts early Sunday amid anti-narcotic drives of law enforcers across the country.A total

Why hiking power tariff hike should not be declared illegal: HC

Staff Reporter :The High Court (HC) on Sunday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain in four weeks as to why the order, on November 23 last year,

The man who became rich overnight

The man who became rich overnight

Our  Correspondent  :A councilor of Teknaf Municipality was killed in a reported shootout with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), during an anti-narcotics drive in Noakhaliapara area besides Cox's

HC orders on 3 bail prayers today Khaleda faces 36 cases now

HC orders on 3 bail prayers today Khaleda faces 36 cases now

Staff Reporter :The High Court (HC) on Sunday fixed Monday (today) for passing order on three petitions filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking bail in three separate cases.The HC

Amnesty-India slams Delhi for reluctance to give shelter to Rohingyas

Staff Reporter :Amnesty International India has appreciated Dhaka for giving shelter to nearly a million Rohingya people from Myanmar, but criticised New Delhi for reluctance to take in 40,000 Rohingya

147 held in Hazaribagh, Karwan Bazar

Staff Reporter :At least 147 people were detained on Sunday during anti-narcotics drive at Hazaribagh and Karwan Bazar in Dhaka city, law enforcers claimed.Karwan Bazar Railway Slum was raided around

War on drugs until situation comes under control: Minister

Staff Reporter :Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday said the crackdown against drug dealers will continue until the situation comes under control."There is no set time frame. Even nothing has

Hasina goes to India to cling to power: BNP

Staff Reporter :The BNP on Sunday said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to India to negotiate for clinging to power.He said there is friendship between people of two countries