Kabul, Sep 29 (AP) Two Afghan police officers were gunned down by a fellow policeman in southern Kandahar province, the latest in so-called “insider” attacks in the war-battered country, a spokesman said Saturday. Also Read - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Orders Release of 5,000 Taliban Inmates

According to Aziz Ahmad Azizi, the provincial governor’s spokesman, three other policemen were wounded in the attack late on Friday night. Also Read - US Rejects Formation of Abdullah's Parallel Government in Afghanistan

The incident took place at a remote police outpost in Raghistan district. Azizi said the attacker, who had joined the police force around a year ago, was able to flee the area. Also Read - 'India Will Extend All Possible Support For Peaceful Future,' Says MEA on Afghan Deal

A police investigation has been launched into the attack. No militant group immediately claimed responsibility but blame is likely to fall on the Taliban.

In the past, perpetrators of insider attacks either members of the Afghan forces or assailants wearing uniforms of various Afghan troops would turn the gun on their fellow soldiers or policemen and would later flee the scene of the attack to join the Taliban.

In other developments, six Afghan soldiers were injured when a military helicopter crash-landed in northern Parwan province on Saturday afternoon, Ghafor Ahmad Jawed, spokesman for the Afghan defense ministry, said.

Jawed said the crash, which occurred in Koh-e Safi district, was caused by a technical malfunction and was not the result of enemy fire.

However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the insurgents had downed the chopper, allegedly killing several members of Afghan commando units.

The insurgents typically exaggerate their claims. (AP) SMJ SMJ

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.