Insider attack kills seven Afghan police officers


Associated Press

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 6 at 3:01 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As U.S. officials prepare to fly home the body of a two-star Army general who was killed by an Afghan soldier yesterday, there's been another so-called insider attack targeting Afghan security forces.

Authorities say an Afghan police officer shot and killed seven of his colleagues at a checkpoint, before stealing their weapons and fleeing in a police car.

A doctor at a local hospital says it appears the officer drugged his colleagues before the shooting. But a provincial spokesman says that wasn't the case.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the killing of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene yesterday is focusing on a lone Afghan soldier, who was killed after the attack.

An Afghan official says the soldier had joined the Afghan army more than two years ago, and came from an area that is known to harbor fighters from the Haqqani (hah-KAH'-nee) network. It has strong links to the Taliban and carries out attacks against U.S. forces.

NATO says Greene's body will be flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

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129-v-31-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)--The remains of an American general killed in Afghanistan are being prepared for the trip home. AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports from the Pentagon. (6 Aug 2014)

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130-c-19-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)-"wounding other officers"-AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports there are more details about the Afghan soldier who killed an American general yesterday, though his motive remains unclear. (6 Aug 2014)

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APPHOTO WX121: This image provided by the U.S. Army shows Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene. A U.S. official has identified the senior officer killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 5, 2014, as Greene, the highest-ranking American officer killed in combat since 1970. Greene was the deputy commanding general, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. An engineer by training, Greene was involved in preparing Afghan forces for the time when U.S.-coalition troops leave at the end of this year. (AP Photo/U.S. Army) (2 Jul 2012)

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