Four held over killing of Spaniards in Afghanistan: Zapatero

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Four people have been arrested in Afghanistan over the killing of two Spanish policemen and an interpreter last month, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Wednesday.

An Afghan working as their driver killed the two officers of Spain's Civil Guard police force and their Iranian-born Spanish interpreter during a training session at the Spanish camp in Badghis, northwestern Afghanistan, on August 25.

Spanish troops then shot dead the assailant following the attack, which was claimed by Taliban insurgents.

Zapatero told parliament that four people had been arrested in connection with the shooting, but gave no further details.

"We will not stop until all those responsible are under arrest," he said.

Spain has 1,555 troops serving in NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, according to the ISAF website, part of a 141,000-strong force deployed in Afghanistan to battle a Taliban-led insurgency nearing the end of its ninth year.

The Spanish contingent runs a US-led civil-military operation known as a Provincial Reconstruction Team.

© 2010 AFP

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