1 US service member killed in Afghan attack
One U.S. service member was killed and two were wounded Saturday in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan, said the U.S.-led military coalition.
The ambush occurred in southern Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said in a statement without being more specific. The two wounded U.S. troops were in stable condition, the statement added. U.S. military officials at the top U.S. military headquarters in Kabul could not immediately be reached for additional comment.
The Taliban released a statement praising an Afghan soldier for carrying out the attack, without taking credit for it themselves. The statement and an Afghan official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation, said the attack occurred in Uruzgan province.
The incident marks the first combat fatality for the U.S. military in Afghanistan since April 30, and the second there this year.
In the April 30 incident, Army Spec. Gabriel D. Conde, 22, was shot by enemy fighters in a firefight in Kapisa province while providing security for U.S. Special Operations troops.