Taliban storm Afghan police compound, kill 5 police

Earlier this year in March a similar insider attack wounded three U.S. soldiers at an Afghan military complex in Helmand province. "At this time we can confirm there are no USA or NATO Resolute Support fatalities".

Muhammad Radmanish, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, said that the attacker was shot dead by foreign forces, and stressed that an investigation into the incident had been opened.

As many as five militants tried to blow themselves up at the high-security office of the police, shortly after which the Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility.

Seven U.S. military service members were injured in an insider attack in Northern Afghanistan Saturday.

According to Afghan news agency Pajhwok Afghan News, four North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldiers were killed in attack by an Afghan soldier in northern Balkh province and details were awaited. Nasratullah Jamshidi, said the attacker, an Afghan commando, had been shot at the scene and died on his way to a hospital.

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said the attack occurred at Camp Shaheen, and the troops were evacuated for medical treatment.

More than 135 Afghan soldiers, mostly young recruits, had been killed and dozens injured in the spectacular operation, claimed by the Taliban, who had forced the Minister of Defense to resign.

Authorities say an Afghan solider attacked and wounded USA soldiers at a military base on Saturday. They said one of the tools they would employ to carry out their strategy would be insider attacks.

Officials at the northern base tell Jennifer Glasse, who reported from Kabul for our Newscast unit, that the shooter was killed.

Still there does appear to be attempts to bridge the divide and reduce easy access by insurgents with a much improved vetting process for Afghan soldiers entering the army and stepped up efforts to build relationships and reduce cultural understandings on both sides.

There are about 8,400 USA troops in Afghanistan, with another 5,000 from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Camp Shaheen was the site of a major attack by Taliban militants in April, killing more than 130 Afghan Army personnel.

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

Local residents say they have seen military helicopters hovering over the area.

  • Leroy Wright