Three US soldiers wounded in Afghan 'insider attack'

Cheryl Sanders
March 19, 2017

An Afghan soldier opened fire Sunday inside a base in the southern Helmand province, wounding three USA soldiers before being shot dead.

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier speaks on a radio at an outpost in Helmand province, December 20, 2015.

"Coalition security forces on the base killed the soldier to end the attack", Capt. Bill Salvin, spokesman for U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, told Fox News. "United States soldiers receiving medical care", the mission said on its official Twitter.

Gen. Dowlat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry said a person wearing an Afghan army uniform started shooting at the soldiers in the early afternoon.

The Pentagon has said it would deploy some 300 US Marines this spring to Helmand province, where American forces engaged in heated combat until they pulled out in 2014.

Western officials say that most such attacks stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings rather than insurgent plots.

The attacker was then gun downed by the foreign forces.

Last May two Romanian soldiers were killed and a third wounded after two members of a local Afghan police unit they were training shot them.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents attacked a district headquarters in the Kandahar province using a suicide auto bomb, said Samim Khpolwak, a spokesman for the governor.

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