Afghan soldier shoots and wounds seven US soldiers in insider attack



Associated Press

An Afghan soldier opened fire on American soldiers today, injuring at least seven, the US military said.

It was the second such insider attack by an Afghan soldier in the past week.

The seven were wounded when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them at Mazar-e-Sharif in Balkh Province.
Source: Associated Press

Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the 209th Army corps, confirmed that an insider attack took place at a camp in Mazar-e Sharif. Araam said the soldiers returned fire and killed the attacker.

Gen. Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry, also confirmed the attack.

The Resolute Support mission announced on its Twitter feed that seven US service members were wounded but said there were no US fatalities. It said one Afghan soldier was killed and one wounded.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid praised the attack in a statement sent to the media. But he did not claim Taliban responsibility.

Last week three US soldiers were killed by an Afghan soldier in eastern Nangarhar province.

In that case Mujahid claimed that the shooter was a Taliban loyalist who infiltrated the army specifically to seek out opportunities to attack foreign soldiers.

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