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Afghan soldier shoots two US troops: local official

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KABUL: An Afghan army soldier turned his gun on his Nato colleagues on Monday injuring two US troops, officials said, just a day after a local policeman killed three foreign trainers in a similar attack.

The incident in the northern province of Faryab is the latest in a series of so-called “green-on-blue” attacks involving members of the Afghan national security forces targeting their Nato allies.

“An Afghan army soldier opened fire on US soldiers inside a military base... and injured two US soldiers. The attacker was killed in return fire,” Faryab's deputy provincial governor Abdul Satar Barez told AFP.

Nato's US-led International Security Assistance Force, to which most of the 130,000 Western troops in Afghanistan are attached, confirmed the incident but refused to give information on casualties.

“Operational reports confirm that an Afghan national army soldier turned his weapon on Isaf service members today in northern Afghanistan. Isaf troops returned fire killing the shooter,” an Isaf spokesman said.

“At this time there are no reports of Isaf fatalities.” The incident comes less 24 hours after an Afghan policeman killed three foreign civilian contractors working for Nato in the western province of Herat.

According to Afghan authorities the victims were helping Isaf train Afghan police.

Green-on-blue attacks have surged in recent months, resulting in 29 deaths.

Earlier this month, three British soldiers were shot dead by a man in an Afghan police uniform in the southern province of Helmand.

And last week an Afghan soldier was sentenced to death for killing five French soldiers in Kapisa province in January.

Taliban insurgents claim the attacks are carried out by insurgent infiltrators, but Isaf and Afghan officials say most such incidents are the result of cultural differences and friction between local and foreign forces.

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Comments (5) Closed

Jul 23, 2012 04:48pm
No One can win in Afghanistan, Afghanistan is graveyard of Empires
Jul 23, 2012 12:11pm
Take care boys!! seems like the Greens are fed up from Blues.
dr ghulam
Jul 23, 2012 01:55pm
there is no military solution to this problem. talk to them
Abdullah Hussain
Jul 23, 2012 12:16pm
For over two decades the Afghans have been subjected to extreme disturbing and demanding situation. First invasion by USSR followed by internal uncertainty, Taliban factor & the greatest of the entire invasion by the allied forces have landed the Afghans in a desperate situation. With their present similar to their past & hopeless future the Afghans have already fallen into depression. I very much fear that the inter forces shootings & killings will see a high rise in future. The best solution is to handover Afghanistan to the Afghans and GO. There seems no possibility of a military solution therefore all stake holders must understand the situation and do something positive to save the Afghans from turning to a very harsh nation.
Jul 23, 2012 05:27pm
Afghan soldiers at least have self respect which our leaders lack in.