Afghan soldier kills ISAF trooper in Helmand
Today's attack took place in the Nad Ali district in Helmand, Afghan provincial and military officials told TOLONews. The Afghan soldier "opened fire during a verbal clash," the news agency reported. The British troops returned fire and wounded the Afghan soldier.
The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the attack but would not release the nationality of the soldier who was killed.
"An International Security Assistance Force service member died when an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against ISAF service members in southern Afghanistan today," the ISAF press release stated. "The incident is currently under investigation. It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities."
The insider attack in Helmand is the second of its kind in the past two days. Yesterday, two Afghan soldiers opened fire on Spanish troops belonging to the Badghis Provincial Reconstruction Team. One Spanish soldier was wounded in the attack, and the two Afghan soldiers were detained. The Taliban have not taken credit for the Badghis attack, but did mention the incident on their propaganda website, Voice of Jihad.
Posted by: Au Auric 2012-11-12