Afghan sol­dier kills 2 Bri­tish troops

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KABUL | An Afghan sol­dier shot and killed two Bri­tish troops Mon­day at a NATO coali­tion base in south­ern Afghanistan be­fore in­ter­na­tional forces gunned him down, of­fi­cials said.

The vi­o­lence was the lat­est in a string of at­tacks in which Afghan se­cu­rity forces have turned their guns on their for­eign col­leagues. Such at­tacks have be­come in­creas­ingly com­mon over the past year, par­tic­u­larly since the burn­ing of de­faced Ko­rans at a U.S. base in Fe­bru­ary.

Fif­teen NATO ser­vice mem­bers, in­clud­ing eight Amer­i­cans, have been killed by Afghan se­cu­rity of­fi­cials or mil­i­tants dis­guised in their uni­forms so far this year.

Mon­day’s shoot­ing oc­curred around 11 a.m. in front of the main gate of a joint civil­ian-mil­i­tary base in Lashkar Gah, the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal of Hel­mand prov­ince, the gov­er­nor’s of­fice said. threats against Nor­we­gian of­fi­cials and three Kur­dish men.

The Oslo dis­trict court con­victed Na­j­maddin Faraj Ah­mad, also known as Mul­lah Krekar, of mak­ing on­line death threats against the three other Kur­dish im­mi­grants he claimed had in­sulted Is­lam. The 55-year-old cleric, who came to Nor­way as a refugee in 1991, was also con­victed of threat­en­ing Nor­we­gian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in an at­tempt to force a re­ver­sal of a 2005 or­der to de­port him to Iraq.

Krekar is the founder of An­sar al­Is­lam, a Kur­dish group listed as a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion by the United States and other na­tions. He im­me­di­ately ap­pealed the rul­ing.

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