Man in Afghan Uniform Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers

Posted on: August 11, 2012 at 00:28
Three American soldiers were killed Friday when a man in an Afghan uniform turned his weapon against them, the U.S. military said, in the third so-called green-on-blue attack in less than a week.

A spokeswoman said ''an individual in an Afghan uniform fired on U.S. Forces Afghanistan services members in Sangin district of Helmand province. There were three U.S. Forces Afghanistan fatalities.

''We're investigating to determine the facts,'' she said, without giving details of whether the shooter had been killed, captured or escaped.

The Sangin district chief in the southern province, Mohammad Sharif, told Agence France Presse that four foreign special forces soldiers had been killed by an Afghan policeman after he had invited them to dinner.

''Last night, a police checkpost commander invited four foreign special forces soldiers to a dinner party at the checkpost. He later killed them and ran away,'' Sharif said.

Apart from Americans, NATO soldiers from other countries, including Britain, serve in the restive province.

An increasing number of Afghan soldiers and police have turned their weapons against NATO colleagues helping them fight a decade-long Taliban insurgency.

On Tuesday, an American soldier was killed in the east when two men in Afghan army uniform opened fire, and on Thursday an Afghan soldier was killed after turning his weapon on NATO troops.

Also Friday, six Afghan civilians were killed and another was injured when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb planted by Taliban insurgents in Helmand province Friday, authorities said.

''Women and children were among the victims,'' Helmand police spokesman Farid Ahmad Farhang told AFP, adding that they had been travelling in the Musa Qala district of the restive province.

Roadside bombs are a favorable weapon of Taliban Islamists fighting government forces and NATO backers, but often miss their targets and result in the death of civilians.

These latest deaths come two days after a report by the United Nations that stated 1,145 civilians had been killed and 1,954 wounded in the war in the first six months of this year.

Source:Agence France Presse
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