Fifteen Afghan policemen were killed at their posts in two separate attacks on Monday in Afghanistan, officials said.
Eight policemen were killed when gumen attacked their checkpoint shortly after midnight in the relatively secure northern Baghlan province. Hours later, three policemen turned on their own colleagues, shooting dead seven other policemen in the southern province of Helmand.
Two of the policemen involved in the attack in Helmand have been arrested and the third surrendered to Taliban insurgents, a spokesman for the provincial governor said.
"They (the three assailants) opened small arms fire on the seven policemen while they were in bed," Dawoodi said.
Another provincial official said the militants used small arms and rocket propelled grenades in the attack. No one guarding the post survived, said the official who also put the police deaths at eight.
U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered the deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Washington has said it will start the process of withdrawal in July 2011.
Some 110,000 foreign troops are already in Afghanistan invasion
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