Afghan soldier attacks foreign soldiers, wounding 4

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

Pentagon officials say that an Afghan soldier shot and wounded seven U.S. Soldiers at the Camp Shaheen military base in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-sharif.

The Afghan soldier who opened fire was killed and another wounded, a statement said on Twitter.

The diverse locations of the two most recent insider attacks shows the depth of reach now available to insurgents, with one attack taking place in eastern Nangarhar province and the second in northern Afghanistan's Balkh province.

Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the Afghan army's 209th Corps, had announced that an Afghan soldier shot and killed four US troops inside the base. Araam added that the soldiers returned fire and killed the attacker.

According to the spokesman of the Afghan Ministry of Defense Mohammad Radmanish, joined by the AFP, the American soldiers "were visiting the base of Shahin when they were wounded in the attack".

Taliban took responsibility of the incident and said that Afghan soldier who killed United States soldiers belonged to Taliban group.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been on the rampage since late April when the Taliban launched their annual rebel offensive and intensified attacks across the country.

Insider attacks have been occurring with deadly regularity since 2011. The soldiers were assisting operations against the Islamic State in the restive eastern province.

An Afghan Army spokesman on June 17 said the rogue soldier was killed in an ensuing shoot-out, the second so-called insider attack on US forces in the past week.

Saturday's incident comes just days after President Donald Trump delegated authority to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to set USA troop levels in Afghanistan, opening the door for a possible of influx of forces that could number in the thousands. The total number of soldiers wounded is 193. It is not always clear if the attackers are rogue members of the Afghan forces or are infiltrators wearing Afghan Army uniforms.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday he would present options on Afghanistan to President Donald Trump "very soon". About 5,000 non-U.S. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces are still in the country.

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