Seven American troops were wounded Saturday in an insider attack by an Afghan soldier at a military base, as the United States appears set to boost its troop presence in the country. No U.S. troops were killed in the attack.
Seven US soldiers were injured on Saturday in an insider attack by an Afghan soldier who turned his weapon on his instructors and advisers. It said one Afghan soldier was killed and one wounded.
NATO's Resolute Support later tweeted that seven USA servicemembers were wounded and evacuated for treatment.
It took Afghan security forces most of the day to kill the last gunmen, who had barricaded themselves in a kitchen in the compound, according to police.
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No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
After more than 15 years of war the Taliban control broad swaths of the country and the struggling Afghan security forces continue to take an nearly unsustainable amount of casualties as they battle to hold provincial capitals. In April, Taliban fighters dressed in Afghan army uniforms passed through several security rings to enter a base in northern Afghanistan's Balkh province and kill as many as 140 Afghan soldiers. The incident was under investigation.
Western officials say most insider attacks stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings rather than insurgent plots. At least one Afghan soldier was also wounded in the attack. It is also used by allied groups such as the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Shabaab, and by the rival Islamic State. He told the Senate Armed Services Committee, "We're not winning in Afghanistan right now", but insisted he didn't plan on changing troop deployments just yet.
Afghan policemen gather at the site of an attack Sunday in Gardez.