Afghan soldier wounds 7 US soldiers in insider attack

Marlene Weaver
June 18, 2017

At least one Afghan soldier was also wounded in the attack. US soldiers have been wounded.

Earlier Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the Afghan Army's 209th Corps, said the Americans were fatally shot.

Seven US military service members were wounded Saturday (June 17) in an insider attack at Camp Shaheen in northern Afghanistan, the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said.

It is learned the Afghan soldier fired three rocket-propelled grenades and later continued with two M4 carbines.

The incident is now under investigation.

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said in a statement that no USA soldier died in the assault, while the attacker was killed in a retaliatory fire.

The gunman - an Afghan - had been shot and killed, the spokesman said. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

The soldiers were assisting operations against the Islamic State in the country's eastern Nangahar province.

Last week, a Taliban infiltrator in the Afghan army shot two USA soldiers dead before being killed.

So far this year, six US service members have been killed in combat in Afghanistan, all in Nangarhar in the eastern part of the country, according to statistics compiled by the website icasualties.org.

"The Taliban have been able to bring in soldiers into the Afghan army and make them sleepers, as it were, until the right time", journalist Ahmed Rashid told Weekend All Things Considered in April. "More information will be provided as it becomes available".

Saturday's incident is the second insider attack in just one week.

The injured troops have been evacuated for treatment, the mission said in a statement.

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