Afghanistan

Suicide Bombers Kill 18 Afghan Police

In two separate attacks

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The Taliban killed 18 Afghan security personnel in two separate suicide attacks in southern Afghanistan today. One of the attacks killed a border police commander.

The largest of the two attacks took place at a police reserve unit in Tarin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province. A suicide bomber wearing a police uniform entered the dining facility and detonated his vest, killing 12 policemen and wounding five more, Reuters reported. Four of the wounded are reported to be in critical condition.

It is unclear if the attack was carried out by a policeman, or by a Taliban fighter who entered the compound by wearing a police uniform. The green-on-green variety of insider attacks, which involve Afghan security personnel turning on their own, are more common and often far more deadly than the green-on-blue attacks, in which Afghan forces kill ISAF troops or personnel.