|Policemen gather at their checkpoint in the Nahri Sarraj District of Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan on June 19, 2013. Five Afghan Local Police (ALP) members were shot dead by their comrades overnight in Helmand, the latest incident in a series of attacks when members of Afghan forces turned their weapons against comrades or coalition forces, an official said on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Watanuir)
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Five Afghan Local Police (ALP) members were shot dead by their comrades overnight in the country's southern province of Helmand, the latest in a series of attacks when Afghan forces turned their weapons against Afghan or coalition forces, an official said Wednesday.
"Five ALP cops were killed by their comrades in a checkpoint in Mirmando area of Nahri Sarraj district Tuesday night," the district administrative chief Fahim Musazai told Xinhua.
Following the firing the five ALP members involved in the attack fled the scene and took away a handful of weapons, Musazai said, adding an investigation was launched into the incident.
Helmand has been notorious for growing poppy and the Taliban hotbed.
Qari Yousuf Ahmaidi, a purported Taliban spokesman, claimed the responsibility for the incident.
The Taliban has intensified attacks since late April when they launched annual rebel offensive against Afghan and about 100,000 NATO-led forces stationed in the country.
Several dozens of Afghan and foreign forces have been killed in insider attacks over the past couple of years.
The Taliban-led insurgency and conflicts claimed the lives of more than 2,800 Afghan security forces and 400 foreign soldiers while leaving 2,754 civilians dead last year in the war-hit central Asian state.