2012-04-03 / World

6 Afghan policemen, 2 civilians killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents killed six policemen and two civilians in southern Afghanistan in a pair of attacks, including an ambush on a checkpoint after militants allegedly poisoned the officers manning the outpost, authorities said today.

The Helmand province governor’s office said in a statement that “ insurgents poisoned” the food at a checkpoint in the Nahri Sarraj district and then attacked the police there late Monday. Four policemen were killed and two were wounded in the attack. The bodies of two civilians also were found at the checkpoint.

The governor’s office did not say whether the dead were killed by poisoning or in the fighting.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi rejected the government’s account of the clashes, saying Taliban fighters attacked the checkpoint and seized weapons and a vehicle but didn’t poison the police.

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