According to local authorities in southern Uruzgan provnince of Afghanistan, an Afghan local police commander murdered 17 Afghan civilians in this province.

Provincial council officials and local residents confirming the report said at least 17 Afghan civilians were shot dead by a local police commander in Khas district of southern Uruzgan province.

A local resident said the local police commander, Shujaie on Thursday pulled out 20 Afghan civilians from their houses and killed 17 people.

He said, he was a resident of eastern Ghazni province and was deployed to Uruzgan province. He kill 17 people including children and elder men after accusing of having links with the Taliban group.

This comes as anti-government militants assassinated two colleagues of the local police commander.

Provincial governor spokesman and provincial security chief confirmed the report however they did not disclose further information regarding the incident.