AN AFGHAN RECRUIT KILLED 2 SPANIARDS
A rogue Afghan police recruit has shot dead, on Wednesday 08/25/2010, two Spanish police officers and their interpreter in Badghis province, North-Western Afghanistan, officials said (see also – Mazar 07.20.10 ).
The assailant opened fire during a training session in a premeditated attack, according to Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba. Security forces returned fire and killed the police recruit.
After the shooting, a crowd of angry locals violently protested outside a Spanish base in Qalay-i-Naw. Hundreds of men attacked the base shouting and throwing stones. Some attempted to scale the walls and shots were also fired, correspondents said. 24 people had been injured – some with bullet wounds.
The two Spanish officers were from the paramilitary Civil Guard.
“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,” Mr Rubalcaba told the Cadena Ser radio station.
The Taliban says the cadet was working for them, but the militant claims could not be verified.
A spokesman for the governor of Badghis, Sharaf Uddin, told the BBC’s Pashto service that the killings happened after an Afghan policeman had quarrelled with the two Spanish officers. Spain currently has 1,555 personnel deployed in Afghanistan.
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