Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Afghan soldier kills four US troops in apparent insider attack

Afghan soldier kills four US troops in apparent insider attack

The military coalition had earlier said that one Afghan soldier had been killed and another wounded in the incident. It said one Afghan soldier was killed and one wounded.

The attack was reportedly by an afghan Soldier and it is termed as a insider act. The U.S. statement did not confirm the nature of the incident or state the exact number of casualties.

The attack on Saturday took place at the Afghan National Army's 209th Corps headquarters in the province of Balkh, located some 540 km to the northwest of Kabul. Seven US military service members were wounded.

The incident is now under investigation.

Afghan officials said the perpetrator of the June 10 attack was also an Afghan special forces soldier.

After more than 15 years of war the Taliban control broad swathes of the country and the struggling Afghan security forces continue to take an nearly unsustainable amount of causalities as they battle to hold provincial capitals. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday he would present options on Afghanistan to President Donald Trump "very soon".

The Taliban in a statement did not say if they were directly behind the attack, only crediting a "patriotic Afghan soldier" for the assault.

The attackers, some dressed in Afghan military uniforms, managed to pass through two checkpoints in military vehicles before being stopped, after which they opened fire on the busy compound.

Defense Secretary James Mattis is set to decide in coming weeks on whether to grant the request of Army Gen. John Nicholson, the US commander in Afghanistan, to deploy betweeen 3,000 and 5,000 additional forces to the country.

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