Wednesday, 25 August 2010
HERAT, Afghanistan (AFP) – Hundreds of angry men tried to storm a small NATO base in northwestern Afghanistan Wednesday after a shootout left three Spaniards and an Afghan police trainee dead, officials said.
The Afghan policeman killed two Spanish paramilitary police officers and a Spanish interpreter during a training session at the base in the province of Badghis before security forces shot him dead, Afghan and Spanish authorities said.
Hundreds of Afghan men then tried to over-run the Spanish-administered base in protest at the killing of the local officer, in an incident that left more than two dozen men injured, police and doctors said.
"We have 25 people admitted to our hospitals. Some of them suffer from bullet wounds, others from injuries caused by rocks and sticks," said Abdul Aziz Tareq, the provincial public health chief.
Television footage showed crowds of angry men in turbans and shalwar kameez throwing rocks at the front gate of the base.
"In a class, one of the students apparently opened fire on the two Civil Guard policemen and the interpreter, who was also Spanish, and killed all three," Spain's Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said on radio.
"The security forces in turn repulsed the attack, fired on the assailant and killed him."
NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), to which the officers were assigned, said two of its service members along with a civilian and an Afghan police officer were killed in what it called a "shooting incident".
Of course the motivation for the attack is not clear, and of course this incident will not affect the strategy of Coalition troops working alongside Afghan troops. Of course.
Posted on 08/25/2010 4:16 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
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