11 Afghan Local Police join Taliban ranks in Helmand
Tue Aug 07, 2:30 pm
About 11 Afghan local policemen have joined the ranks of the Taliban Sunday night in Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province, local officials reported.
District governor of Musa Qala Nematullah confirmed the report, saying the mentioned local policemen led by Muhammad Khan had joined the ranks of the Taliban. They had stolen 3 motorcycles and 13 light and heavy weapons with ammunition in hand.
The motivation of their desertion from the ALP and their joining the Taliban has not been ascertained so far, but the spokesman of governor of Helmand says the guarantor of these 11 policemen has been arrested and is under investigation.
This is not the first time that Afghan security forces members have joined the Taliban. Several similar cases have been reported from different parts of Afghanistan.
Earlier this year, a group of 13 police forces stole vehicles and weapons and joined the Taliban ranks in the Bala-bolok district of western Farah province.
In a related report, Taliban fighters attacked an Afghan Army patrol in the northern area of Musa Qala. According to the district governor of Musa Qala, 3 Afghan Army Soldiers were killed and 3 others injured in the incident that occurred Sunday night.