by Sarah Harper
Eight Afghan police officers were shot dead early Wednesday in an area of Afghanistan where security is being passed from NATO to Afghan control.
Officials said the Taliban is responsible for the shooting, which happened near Lashkar Gah at a checkpoint in the southern province of Helmand, according to BBC News.
The Associated Press reports that prior to the attack, one police officer went missing from his post. His involvement is being investigated, authorities said.
Lashkar Gah is one of seven areas where security control is being transferred to Afghan powers.
The Taliban is trying to undermine the authority of Afghan security forces during the transition, said the BBC's Bilal Sarwary.
Note: BBC News reported that the incident happened Tuesday night. The Associated Press reported that the incident happened early Wednesday. In the AP story, the time is described as "pre-dawn."