Afghan soldier kills US troop at army base

An Afghan soldier he opened fire on foreign troops at an army base in western Afghanistan, killing one and wounding two, a senior Afghan army officer said.

Afghan soldier kills US troop at army base

An Afghan soldier killed a U.S. soldier member and wounded two Italian troops when he opened fire on foreign troops at an army base in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, a senior Afghan army officer said.

"The soldier opened fire on the two Italians and one American in a joint Afghan and foreign base," General Khair Mohammad Khawari, a senior officer in western Afghanistan, told Reuters.

"Two Italian soldiers were wounded, one American soldier was killed," Khawari said, adding that the Afghan soldier had been wounded when NATO forces returned fire and was now in hospital.

The incident happened in an area north of the Afghan capital Kabul and is thought to have mental health problems, Khawari added.

A spokesman for NATO-led forces said a U.S. service member had died following a shooting incident in western Afghanistan. Foreign and Afghan forces were investigating the incident, he said, but declined to give any more details.

Italian Defence Ministry officials said the attack, who Italy says not a case of friendly fire, occurred during a routine supply operation.

One Italian was lightly wounded in the thigh and the other in the hand and leg but both have returned to their duties.

U.S. President Barack Obama is sending in 30,000 extra troops as part of his new war strategy, to try to turn the tide. Other NATO countries are sending some 7,000 more.


Reuters
Last Mod: 30 Aralık 2009, 08:40
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