6 Afghan police found dead in station house

KABUL, Afghanistan  — Six Afghan policemen were found dead Saturday in their station house in southern Afghanistan, where international troops are ramping up operations to take control of Taliban strongholds, an official said.

In the north, three Afghan policemen were accidentally killed by friendly fire, NATO said.

The bodies of the six policemen, who were shot, were found in Greskh district of southern Helmand province, said Dawood Ahmadi, a provincial spokesman. It wasn't immediately clear who shot them, but insurgents fighting back against NATO forces also are targeting anyone who supports the coalition or the Afghan government.

The coalition reported two US service members died Saturday and another was killed Friday in insurgent attacks in the south. NATO did not disclose details of their deaths. A fourth member of the coalition, a British serviceman, was killed Saturday in Nad Ali district of Helmand, the British Ministry of Defense said.

Thirty-eight members of the international coalition, including 24 Americans, have been killed so far this month, according to a count by The Associated Press.