Afghan killed U.S. sol­dier, re­ports say

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD - By Shashank Ben­gali shashank.ben­gali @la­times.com

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.

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THE BODY of an Afghan sol­dier in Jalal­abad who of­fi­cials said was killed af­ter at­tack­ing U.S. troops.

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