Afghan security personnel stand guard as firefighters clean the site of a suicide bombing near the gate of Ministry of Defence in Kabul on February 27, 2016. AFP PHOTO / WAKIL KOHSAR
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A policeman was killed and a further 30 were detained in a joint operation between Afghan troops and U.S. forces last week against police suspected of supporting Taliban insurgents in embattled Helmand province, Afghan officials said Sunday.Sarjang would not elaborate on the reason for the operation, but a senior Afghan army official in Helmand told Reuters that the army and U.S. advisers suspected the police of providing weapons and ammunition to the Taliban and that they had planned an eventual surrender to the insurgents.Almost 100 Afghan army officers were removed or reassigned in Helmand in recent months and the army abandoned its outposts in several of the most hotly contested districts to redeploy elsewhere.
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