KABUL: Afghanistan’s rebel group Taliban will attack South Korean facilities in the war-torn country if Seoul dispatches its police force there, Yonhap news agency quoted a purported spokesman for the militia group as saying in Dubai Friday.
Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, the purported spokesman for the Taliban, told a source for Yonhap News Agency in Kabul, Afghanistan, over the phone that his group will not allow South Korean military or police to set foot on their land, the agency said. South Korea plans to send dozens of police officers to Afghanistan later this year to help train local police, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported.
The U.S. government demanded South Korea to send police to Afghanistan early last month. The official also said South Korean police, if dispatched, will work with American police operating in Afghanistan. South Korean soldiers will not need to accompany the police officers to guard them, he said.
South Korea withdraw about 200 military medics and engineers from Afghanistan at the end of last year after Taliban militants agreed to release dozens of kidnapped South Koreans last Summer in Afghanistan, ending its six-year military role there.