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Afghan police officer shoots dead foreigner in Kabul

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Afghan soldiers and police are seen in the capital Kabul near the defense ministry, September 5, 2016. (Photo by AP)

An Afghan police officer has shot and killed a foreigner at a security checkpoint outside the Kabul airport, a security official says.

Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident, which took place on Wednesday.

Another foreigner was also injured in the incident. The nationality of the victims has not been announced.

Police stepped up security measures at the Kabul airport on Wednesday ahead of the arrival of Afghan warlord Faryadi Zardad, who was deported from Britain after serving a jail sentence for torture. Scores of Zardad's supporters gathered at the airport to greet him.

The people of Afghanistan have been suffering from violence and insecurity since the United States and its allies invaded the country as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror in 2001.

Many parts of the country still remain plagued by militancy despite the presence of foreign troops.

The military invasion removed the Taliban from power, but the militants still push to wrest control of the country from the government in Kabul.

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