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Afghan official: Policeman turns gun on his colleagues, kills 7 policemen in southern province

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A NATO soldier opens fire in an apparent warning shot in the vicinity of journalists near the main gate of Camp Qargha, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Earlier in the day, a man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on foreign troops at the military base, killing a U.S. two-star general and wounding others, among them a German brigadier general and a number of Americans troops, authorities said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) (The Associated Press)

A local official says an Afghan policeman has turned his gun on his colleagues at a checkpoint in the south, killing seven policemen.

The shooting was the latest among so-called insider attacks in which Afghan forces or gunmen in Afghan police or army uniforms turn their weapon on Afghan colleagues or NATO allies.

Doost Mohammad Nayab, a spokesman in southern Uruzgan province, says the attack happened Tuesday night in the provincial capital of Tirin Kot. After killing seven policemen, the attacker stole their weapons and fled in a police car.

Nayab says the shooter had Taliban connections and blamed the insurgents for the attack.

Earlier Tuesday, a gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier turned on allied troops, killing an American major general and wounding about 15 U.S. and coalition forces.