US service member killed in ‘insider’ attack in Afghanistan; 2 more wounded

U.S. service members are shown at sunrise in Afghanistan in 2013

U.S. service members are shown at sunrise in Afghanistan in 2013

A USA service member was shot dead and two US service members wounded after an Afghan soldier turned his weapon against coalition forces in Afghanistan late Saturday, the coalition forces said Sunday.

Alliance officials said the two wounded service members were in stable condition and receiving medical treatment.

Insider attacks, often known as "green on blue" attacks in which Afghan service members or attackers wearing Afghan uniforms fire on US or coalition troops, have been a regular feature of the conflict in Afghanistan, although their frequency has diminished in recent years.

Details of the incident, which is still under investigation, were not released.

But a police officer said the shooting happened at the airport in Tarinkot, the capital of Uruzgan province, although they were unable to confirm this detail with any North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials.

The term "insider attack" refers to attacks carried out against USA military personnel by the Afghan troops they are training or advising. A "conscientious" Afghan soldier, Ahmadi said, turned his gun on "American invaders" and killed four of them.

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The US still has an estimated 14,000 troops in the country helping support the Afghan military, despite NATO's combat mission in Afghanistan officially ended in 2014.

The service branch of the troops and the province in which the suspected attack occurred have not been made public.

The Afghan province that has seen the highest number of attacks is Helmand to the south, a Taliban stronghold and the heart of Afghanistan's opium-growing industry.

Growing attacks from the Taliban and the Islamic State have brought massive suffering on Afghanistan's civilian population, of whom more than 28,000 have been killed and 50,000 wounded since United Nations started keeping track in 2009.

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

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