An armed Afghan police officer takes his position after gunmen launched multiple attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul April 15, 2012. Gunmen launched multiple attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, assaulting Western embassies in the heavily guarded, central diplomatic area and at the parliament in the west, witnesses and officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying their main targets were the German and British embassies and the headquarters of Afghanistan's NATO-led force. Taliban fighers had also launched assaults in two provinces, a spokesman for the insurgents said.   REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
An armed Afghan police officer

At least nine policemen have been martyred and two others sustained injuries in a Taliban attack in southern Helmand province.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province said that a group of militants belonging to Taliban attacked a police check post in Musa Qala District.

He said nine policemen embraced martyrdom and two other wounded. However, some other media outlets quoting other officials say that 14 policemen have embraced martyrdom in Wednesday’s attack.

Zwak also said that there were casualties to Taliban side but he did not have a specific number of it.

In the meantime, Mirza Khan Rahimi the governor of Helmand province has told AP news agency that it was a “conspiracy against the police.”

Rahimi said that the policemen were caught unprepared and that they were told their colleagues are visiting them but they were insurgents in police uniform.

“But the visitors were attackers in police uniforms who opened fire and killed them,” Rahimi said.

Bashir Ahmad, a member of the provincial council of Helmand said that Taliban fighters drove the vehicle through the checkpoint and attacked the police officers from behind. The vehicle used in the attack was a police vehicle.

Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.


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