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Police trap reveals how Afghan 'insider attacks' work

Published on Dec 30, 2012 12:50 PM
 
In this handout photograph released by The Afghan Interior Ministry on Dec 25, 2012, Afghanistan Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang (L) speaks with police officer Beyar Khan Weyaar (R) at The Interior Ministry in Kabul. The Taleban believed Mr Beyar Khan Weyaar was the perfect candidate to prepare an insider attack on Afghan police, but instead he set a daring trap that has given a rare insight into suicide bombing tactics. -- PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (AFP) - The Taleban believed Mr Beyar Khan Weyaar was the perfect candidate to prepare an insider attack on Afghan police, but instead he set a daring trap that has given a rare insight into suicide bombing tactics.

Mr Weyaar, a low-ranking police officer in the eastern province of Paktika, was approached in November by a man who offered him the chance to get rich if he met a local insurgent commander.

"I thought he was joking," Mr Weyaar told AFP after collecting a hero's medal from Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang in Kabul on December 25.

"But the commander, who said he was called Mohammed, came to meet me at my police post in Sar Hawza district. He must have known I worked there.

 
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