U.S. service member killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan


A USA service member has been killed and two others injured in what appears to be an insider attack in Afghanistan, Nato says.

The coalition said the two wounded USA service members are in stable condition and being treated.

The service branch of the troops and the province in which the suspected attack occurred have not been made public.

The Nato combat mission in Afghanistan officially ended in 2014, however, a number of countries, including the United States, still have troops on the ground, helping support the Afghan military. USA military officials at the top US military headquarters in Kabul could not immediately be reached for additional comment. That statement and an Afghan official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the situation's sensitivity, said the attack occurred in Uruzgan province.

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This is the third combat fatality in Afghanistan this year. It added thatthe name of the deceased service member was being withheld until next of kin is notified.

The Taliban released a statement praising an Afghan soldier for carrying out the attack, without taking credit for it themselves.

The apparent insider attack came just over a year after three USA soldiers were killed in an attack by an Afghan soldier.

As in other areas of the war, Afghan units suffer more heavily than coalition units from insider attacks.