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‘Insider Attack’ Kills U.S. Service Member in Afghanistan

An American service member was killed and two others were wounded in southern Afghanistan on Saturday in what officials described as an “apparent insider attack.”

Kabul, July 8 : An American service member was killed and two others were wounded in southern Afghanistan on Saturday in what officials described as an “apparent insider attack.”

The attack took place in southern Afghanistan on Saturday and it was “an apparent insider attack”, a statement from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said.The United States military, announcing the death in a statement, did not provide further details.

The wounded service members were in stable condition, the military said. The name of the soldier who was killed was being withheld so the next of kin could be notified.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, or whether they had been apprehended.

But a police officer said the shooting happened at the airport in Tarinkot, the capital of Uruzgan province, but not confirmed by  NATO officials.

The Taliban have also released a statement, saying an Afghan soldier opened fire on US soldiers in Uruzgan.

When local troops turn on international forces , these attacks are often referred to as “green on blue” incidents but are not necessarily the work of militants infiltrating the security forces.

Cultural misunderstandings and combat stress have also been named as the cause in previous attacks.

The US still has an estimated 14,000 troops in the country helping support the Afghan military, despite NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan officially ended in 2014.

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