Insider attack kills 9 Afghan militia

International Desk
14 December 2019, Sat
Published: 03:19

Insider attack kills 9 Afghan militia

A member of an Afghan militia opened fire on his fellow militiamen early Saturday, killing nine, in what the country's interior ministry called an insider attack, reports AP.

The Taliban, however, claimed the attack was actually a coordinated insurgent assault on the checkpoint where the shooting took place, killing over two dozen militiamen, according to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy, but the Taliban often exaggerate their claims.

Afghan militias operate in remote regions and are under the command of the country's National Security Forces, which suffers near-daily Taliban attacks.