Al-Qaeda released a video on Monday showing what it claimed to be an April 1 ambush on an Afghan police convoy driving between two major cities in Afghanistan.
The 16-minute video shows about a dozen attackers in rocky hills alongside a highway firing rifles and rocket-propelled grenades as a line of vehicle approach with sirens blaring. Gunshots and explosions are heard echoing in the mountains, above the voices of the attackers.
At least four cars appear to be hit. At one point, the footage shows a close-up of one of the casualties, a walkie-talkie and keys to the car. In all, three bodies are shown.
"This sends a message to the apostates and the hypocrites that the mujahedeen will never leave them alone ... and will pursue and ambush them everywhere," said one of the attackers, whose words were translated in subtitles.
The videotape's authenticity could not be independently verified. It carried the logo of Al-Qaeda's media production wing, Al-Sahab. It was obtained by IntelCenter, a Virginia-based firm that tracks terrorism transmissions on the Internet.
The video said the attack occurred on a highway connecting the capital of Kabul with the key southern city of Kandahar.
Kandahar provincial police have reported that on April 1, suspected Taliban insurgents ambushed two Afghan police convoys and killed seven policemen in southern Afghanistan, but it couldn't be determined if the video showed one of these attacks.