US service member killed in 'insider attack' by Afghan security forces

10 July, 2018, 00:53 | Author: Kim Reid
  • A soldier salutes the U.S. flag during the singing of the National Anthem on Sept. 11 2017 at Camp Arifjan Kuwait

A U.S. service member has been killed and two others injured in what appears to be an insider attack in Afghanistan, NATO said.

The two wounded Americans were in stable condition, the statement added.

The statement did not provide further details, saying that the name of the US service member killed in action would be withheld until notification of next of kin.

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Details of the incident, which is still under investigation, were not released. But a statement by the Taliban reported by Reuters on Saturday said an Afghan soldier had fired on American troops in southern Afghanistan's Uruzgan province.

It was not immediately clear what became of the shooter.

"Green on blue" attacks, where Afghan soldiers or those purporting to be Afghan soldiers attack troops from the USA and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners, have occurred regularly in the long-running way, as have "green on green" attacks of Afghan soldiers turning against their comrades.

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The Taliban have also released a statement, saying an Afghan soldier opened fire on United States soldiers in Uruzgan. The death is the third American military fatality in Afghanistan this year.

However, the statement said it was "an apparent insider attack".

The service branch of the troops and the province in which the suspected attack occurred have not been made public. A U.S. Defense Department report released earlier this month found civilian casualties had increased 73 percent between December and May compared to the same period the year before.

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The latest incident comes as Lieutenant General Scott Miller is set to become the next commander of USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan.

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