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Another insider assault kills 6 Afghans

Attack begins with poisoning of two officers

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — An Afghan police officer and cook poisoned colleagues at a checkpoint in an assault coordinated with insurgent fighters that killed six in the country’s south, officials said Saturday.

It was the latest in a string of attacks from inside the Afghan army and police that are threatening to undermine both the partnership with international troops, which have been the target of many attacks, and the morale of Afghan forces, who have suffered equally heavy casualties from such strikes.

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