Afghan soldier kills 3 USA service members
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 9:55
Three US troops were killed and another wounded during a joint operation in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province Saturday, the Pentagon confirmed, in the latest so-called insider attack on global forces.
Two other US soldiers were killed in the Achin District in late April, according to CNN, during a raid targeting ISIS, and in early April an Army Special Forces soldier was killed there while fighting the terrorist group.
The U.S. military apologized for the deaths and senior global diplomat in Afghanistan said authorities are investigating the possibility the incident could be connected to the shooting by the Afghan soldier.
Achin District is the primary base of operations for ISIS in Afghanistan and has been the site of multiple joint US-Afghan counterterrorism missions.
The incident took place in the restive Achin district of the eastern Nangarhar province where the US and the Afghan forces were conducting an operation against the IS terrorists. U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence were updated about the incident, according to a statement made by the White House.
The Taleban has claimed responsibility for the deaths, saying the attack was carried out by an infiltrator. "The American invaders were there to support their Afghan slaves".
"The (Afghan) soldier was also killed in the return fire", provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP.
Earlier, provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told foreign media agencies that an Afghan commando had opened fire on United States troops and was killed in return fire. In Milwaukee, Pence commented on the shooting: "When heroes fall, Americans grieve".
A US Army Special Forces soldier was killed fighting the terror group there in early April.
The New York Times also reports that at least two Afghan police officers were killed and six wounded in a separate incident Saturday.
U.S. troops in Afghanistan number about 8,400 today, and there are another 5,000 from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, who mainly serve in a training and advisory capacity.
A USA soldier in the Achin District.