United States troops injured in attack by rogue Afghan soldier

Patrice Gainsbourg
Junho 19, 2017

Two policemen were killed after suicide bombers stormed the Paktia Police Headquarters in northern Afghanistan, Afghani media reported.

One or possibly two attackers were still alive and fighting with police, he said.

Al Jazeera's Rob McBride, reporting from Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldiers were training their Afghan counterparts at the base where the attack took place.

Pentagon officials say that an Afghan soldier shot and wounded seven U.S. Soldiers at the Camp Shaheen military base in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-sharif.

Last Saturday, an Afghan commando fatally shot three US soldiers and wounded a fourth during a joint U.S.

Insurgent groups like the Taliban and Islamic State have launched a string of attacks across Afghanistan in recent weeks.

The Islamist group often amplify casualty numbers in attacks against government targets and security forces.

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"One (attacker) blew up his vehicle at the entrance of the headquarters, opening the way for. others who opened fire on the security forces", regional police commander, Asadullah Shirzad, told AFP. He said a bodyguard was wounded in the attack late Saturday in Puli Alim, the provincial capital.

The statement read that the incident was under investigation and more details would be provided when available.

The insurgents are also targeting the global coalition supporting Afghan forces.

One attacker continues to fire at police inside a special forces headquarters building in the eastern city of Gardez.

Another attack on June 17 left seven USA troops wounded.

In April, Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the same sprawling Afghan army training base, leaving scores of Afghan soldiers dead and scores more wounded.

American military commanders in Afghanistan have requested thousands of additional boots on the ground to boost the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troop presence in the country.

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