Afghan killed U.S. soldier, reports say
MUMBAI, India — A U.S. soldier was reported killed Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan after a visit to the area by a senior American diplomat, in what Afghan officials described as an “insider” shooting.
Afghan news reports said that at least two U.S. soldiers were wounded when an Afghan soldier opened fire near the provincial governor’s compound in Jalalabad, east of Kabul. The Afghan soldier was killed in an exchange of gunfire with U.S. troops, provincial officials said.
NATO forces in Afghanistan confirmed that a service member was killed but did not immediately disclose the soldier’s nationality.
State Department officials in Kabul, the capital, said that no U.S. Embassy personnel were killed in the incident.
“The incident took place after a senior U.S. official held a meeting with the provincial governor,” embassy spokeswoman Monica Cummings said. “All chief-of-mission personnel of the visiting party are accounted for.”
U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley was in Kabul and not part of the visit to Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, embassy officials said.
It was the second attack this year in which an apparent Afghan service member turned his weapon on U.S. forces. In January, an Afghan in military uniform shot to death three U.S. contractors at a military facility in Kabul’s international airport before being shot and killed by security forces.
Insider attacks, which once were among the leading killers of international forces in Afghanistan, have decreased sharply as the foreign troop presence has diminished. About 10,000 U.S. soldiers remain in Afghanistan.
THE BODY of an Afghan soldier in Jalalabad who officials said was killed after attacking U.S. troops.