Afghan officer kills 10 colleagues

A member of the Afghan National Police has killed at least 10 of his fellow policemen in south-western Afghanistan, an official said.

Shakila Hakimi, a member of the Nimroz provincial council, said the shooting occurred at a checkpoint in a remote part of Dilaram district.

She said one policeman, who is believed to have had links with militants, opened fire on his colleagues and was killed in an ensuing gunbattle.

With communications poor in the area, the governor has sent a team to the scene to get more information about what happened.