U.S. service member killed, two others wounded in Afghanistan "insider" attack

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A USA military service member was killed and two others were wounded Saturday in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan.

One U.S. servicemember was killed and two others were injured in southern Afghanistan on Saturday in an apparent insider attack, NATO's Resolute Support mission said.

Alliance officials said the two wounded service members were in stable condition and receiving medical treatment.

A local police officer told AFP that the shooting happened at the airport in Tarinkot, the capital of Uruzgan province.


Follow The Khaama Press News Agency on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook. There were no insider attacks on US service members during the same period, according to a Department of Defense (DoD) report released last month.

The Pentagon has identified the soldier killed in an apparent insider attack Sin Afghanistan as Army Cpl.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, or whether they had been apprehended.

Maciel, an infantryman assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia, had been in the Army for two years and in Afghanistan since February, the 3rd Infantry Division said in a statement.


North Atlantic Treaty Organisation told AFP that Saturday's killing was the third USA soldier death this year.

Additional information will be released as appropriate, the statement added.

As in other areas of the war, Afghan units suffer more heavily than coalition units from insider attacks. "The Taliban have gained ground, US airstrikes have spiked to put pressure on the group to negotiate, and civilian casualties have increased - partly due to those airstrikes but mostly because of Taliban attacks, and some ISIS attacks".

U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Martin O'Donnell, a spokesman for the NATO-led mission, declined to disclose the location of the incident or other details when reached by RFE/RL.


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