US Troops Wounded In Insider Attack In Afghanistan

7 US Service Members Wounded In 'Insider Attack' In Afghanistan
US Troops Wounded In Insider Attack In Afghanistan

26 June, 2017

A member of an elite Afghan commando unit opened fire on USA -led coalition troops at an Afghan base in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif, wounding seven US service personnel and at least one Afghan soldier, military officials say.

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.

The attack was reportedly by an afghan Soldier and it is termed as a insider act. "We will not be deterred".

Immediately after the shooting, the Taliban issued a statement praising the attack but didn't claim responsibility.

In a separate statement, a USA official said four US military personnel were wounded.

At least five policemen were killed while 15 others, including five civilians, were wounded after five suicide bombers attacked a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.

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 USA forces in the past week. The so-called green-on-blue attacks have been a recurring problem for the American training mission in the country.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

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. No US troops were killed.

Two suspected insider attacks have hit USA troops in Afghanistan - just as Pentagon officials are deciding whether or not to send more troops to the country.

Afghanistan's ministry of defense said it's investigating this latest incident.

The attack started after a terrorist rammed a truck bomb into front gate of Afghan National Police (ANP) 303 Spin Zar Police Zone at 6.15 a.m., Gen. Tooryalai Abadyani told reporters, Xinhua reported. The gunman was eventually killed later in the afternoon, he said.

The Resolute Support mission announced on its Twitter feed that seven USA service members were wounded but said there were no United States fatalities. The U.S. has around 8,400 troops now deployed to the country.

"We are aware of an incident", the office said in an earlier statement.

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