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Afghan police chief among 10 killed in Kandahar: official

The police chief of Afghanistan's province of Kandahar was among 10 policemen killed in a shootout with local security guards employed by US forces, the head of the provincial council said.

world Updated: Jun 29, 2009 16:44 IST

The police chief of Afghanistan's province of Kandahar was among 10 policemen killed in a shootout with local security guards employed by US forces on Monday, the head of the provincial council said.

It was not clear what sparked the shootout outside one of the offices of the attorney general in the city of Kandahar, Ahmad Wali Karzai said.

"In a shootout between Afghan private security guards and police, 10 policemen including Kandahar police chief Mutaiullah Khan Qateh and the criminal investigation police chief, have been killed," said Karzai.

He had earlier said seven policemen including the two commanders were dead. The guards had been trained by US soldiers, said Karzai, a brother of President Hamid Karzai.

"This is preliminary information and we do not know as of now what exactly caused the shootout," he said.

Witnesses confirmed the exchange of fire and said US soldiers were also at the scene but it was not clear if they were involved.

The US military spokesman in Kabul, Colonel Greg Julian, confirmed to AFP there had been an incident but he did not immediately have details.

"I am not sure which unit was involved," he said.