Afghanistan's criminal underworld was reported to be 'deeply disappointed' when it was revealed last night that an Afghan police officer had apparently arrested several Afghan citizens in broad daylight. His motives remain unclear but he is understood to have been 'radicalised' by notions of right and wrong.
Afghan recruits to the fledgling police service are often armed and placed in positions of trust in the local community on the understanding that they will merely keep to their main duties of murdering Western servicemen and women. But it is believed that this particular officer 'went rogue' and started arresting his countrymen for perceived 'offences against the law'.
Said local crime entrepreneur Mr Big, who did not want to be named, "he approached some of my business associates and, thinking he was about to pass on some useful information about unguarded extrances to Camp Bastion, they welcomed him. But then he suddenly produced a warrant and started arresting them for alleged crimes involving drugs, rugs and drugs wrapped up in rugs. It's very saddening."
The police officer managed to escape after placing the suspects in custody and was last night said to have been welcomed and feted by Afghanistan's notorious circuit judges and members of the local magistrates' association.