A Taliban infiltrator has killed 16 pro-government militia fighters in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

The attacker had been fighting alongside the militia for months before turning his gun on them at a checkpoint in the Gereshk district.

“We know that a Taliban fighter killed 16 militiamen fighting alongside government forces, but who these forces belong to, we don’t know yet,” a spokesman for Helmand’s governor told newsmen.

Local media said the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Report says the attacker managed to join the armed group after fleeing the checkpoint with weapons.

Large swaths of Afghanistan’s Helmand province – the country’s opium production hub are currently under control of the Afghan Taliban.

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