KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan police officer killed at least 10 of his fellow officers on Saturday, a day after six U.S. service members were gunned down by their Afghan partners in summer violence that has both international and Afghan forces questioning who is friend or foe.
Attacks on foreign troops by Afghans working with the alliance are on the rise and, while cases of Afghan security forces killing within their own ranks are less frequent, together they show how battle lines have blurred in the decade-long war.
Shakila Hakimi, a member of the Nimroz provincial council, said the officer who opened fire on his colleagues at a checkpoint in Dilaram district is believed to have had ties to militants.
A day earlier, two Afghans shot and killed six American service members in neighboring Helmand province in the south.
In the first attack, an Afghan police officer shot and killed three Marines after sharing a predawn meal with them in the volatile Sangin district, according to Afghan officials. However, a U.S. defense official that he has read reports said that a man clad in an Afghan security forces uniform shot the Marines shortly after 1 a.m. on a coalition outpost.
Around 9 p.m. Friday in the Garmser district farther south, an Afghan shot and killed three American troops, coalition and U.S. officials said.