Many pro-Kabul militiamen killed in Taliban insider attack

Taliban fighters who infiltrated a base of pro-government Afghan militiamen killed 12 of them, officials say. Separately, a roadside bomb killed two policemen in the capital Kabul.

Two Taliban members who infiltrated a base of pro-government Afghan militiamen have killed 12 of them in western Herat province, officials and the insurgent group said.

The attack at a post manned by the militiamen occurred in the district of Ghorian in the western Herat province late on Friday, the governor for the district Farhad Khademi told AFP news agency on Saturday.

“Twelve pro-government militiamen were killed in the Taliban attack in Ghorian district last night,” he said.

Herat provincial council member Mohammad Sardar Bahaduri confirmed the attack and said it was carried out by two Taliban militants who had infiltrated the base.

“The militiamen were dining when the attack happened,” he said.

The Taliban also said two of its fighters had carried out the attack and then returned.