Pentagon: 3 USA millitants are killed, 1 is wounded
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 3:15
And it's not the first time this year that one has occurred, as NBC News explains: "The attack follows one in March in which three American soldiers were shot and wounded by an Afghan soldier on a base in Helmand province, officials said. An investigation has already begun", he said.
According to the spokesman Attahullah Khogyani of the Nangarhar province governor, where the incident occurred, the USA servicemen were killed by a soldier of the Afghanistan armed forces.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the shooter was a member of the militant group and had killed four Americans and wounded several more.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the deaths, saying the attack was carried out by an infiltrator.
Saturday's attack came just hours after an errant USA air strike killed and wounded at least six Afghan policemen in southern Helmand province, in the latest "friendly fire" incident.
"We are aware of an incident in eastern Afghanistan", the US-led military coalition said in a brief statement. "We will release more information when appropriate", Douglas High, a spokesman for Operation Resolute Support, told The Washington Post.
A Pentagon statement confirmed that three United States soldiers had been killed in eastern Afghanistan and one wounded soldier had been evacuated for medical treatment.
The attack comes as US President Donald Trump's administration weighs an increase in troops in the war-torn country. When heroes fall, Americans grieve. They include about 8.4 thousand American soldiers and officers who train Afghan units and act as military advisers.
"We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of the [Afghan Border Police] members affected by this unfortunate incident", a USA military spokesman said in a statement, according to the news service.
The Achin district, where the attack is believed to have occurred, is described as an ISIS and Taliban stronghold. One US serviceman was injured and evacuated from Afghanistan and was taken for medical care.
Green-on-blue attacks have been a major problem during NATO's long years fighting alongside Afghan forces.