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Taliban Abduct 12 Cops in Afghanistan

July 25, 2013

Kabul (dpa) - Taliban in southern Afghanistan have abducted twelve local police officers in a remote village after drugging their food, a senior police official said on Thursday.

Four insurgents arranged to break their Ramadan fast late Wednesday disguised as guests at the outpost of local police in Zabul province's Shahjoi district, but drugged the policemen's meals, provincial police chief Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewani said.

"The Taliban fighters were invited for dinner to the outpost, but after poisoning the police's meal, they took all 12 officers from the post to an unknown location" he said.

It was not known what condition the victims were in. Taliban sources were not immediately available to comment.

The local police are militias of local residents set up to fight insurgents in remote areas where government troops have less access.

Also Thursday, an intelligence officer and a police officer were killed in northern Kunduz province in an exchange of fire with suspected insurgents and a separate bomb attack, respectively, a provincial official said.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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