Taliban infiltrate Afghan army to target foreign troops

A spokesman for the Taliban militant group praised the attack but did not claim responsibility.

The Taliban praised the attack, but did not claim responsibility.

Civilians as well as officers were wounded both in the gun battle and the vehicle bomb's blast, Danesh said.

At least five suicide bombers attacked the police headquarters of eastern Paktia province early Sunday morning and clashes are still ongoing, a spokesman for Interior Ministry, Najibullah Danish said.

The group of 39 nations advising and assisting the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces said seven US soldiers and one Afghan soldier were wounded when the rogue Afghan trooper opened fire.

According to NATO's Resolute Support website, the June 17 attack took place at Camp Shaheen, the headquarters of the Afghan Army's 209th corps.

The attack involved at least five Taliban, one of whom blew himself up at the entrance to the site in the city of Gardez to clear the way for the others. Two attackers were immediately killed by the Afghan forces while one attacker is absconding.

Such "indoor" attacks, in which Afghan soldiers or policemen return their weapons against members of the global coalition responsible for them, is a recurring nightmare for Western forces in Afghanistan.

The Taliban and the Islamic State group have carried out a string of attacks in Afghanistan over the last few weeks. About sixty soldiers were killed on their bases, mostly at night, in the southern province of Kandahar alone during the same week at the end of May. The total number of soldiers wounded is 193.

This is the second incident of this nature in a week and it comes as the Pentagon prepares to announce the sending of a few thousand additional men to counter the progression of Islamist insurgents.

This post was syndicated from Nigeria News and World Healdines - The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper - National and International News.

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