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Afghan border police kill 2 US soldiers in Faryab

Afghan border police kill 2 US soldiers in Faryab

Apr 04, 2011 - 16:43

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PANinfo-icon): An Afghan border police officer shot dead two US soldiers under the NATOinfo-icon command in northern Faryab province, the western military alliance said on Monday.

The two were among six others US soldiers holding a meeting with border police personnel at a military base in Maimana city, the capital of Faryab province, when the shooting took place, the alliance said in a statement.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force said earlier that two NATO troops had been killed after an individual wearing an Afghan police uniform opened fire. ISAFinfo-icon did not identify the nationality of the dead.

The United States did not immediately confirm that the victims were American. The Pentagon normally does not name casualties until 24 hours after next of kin have been told of their deaths.

Afghan and International Security Assistance Forces were investigating the shooting, ISAF said, adding the attacker managed to flee on foot from the base toward the desert.

Witness Mohammad Rasul said the policeman was talking with the soldiers before opening fire at them in Pul-i-Seminti area. Other border policemen also fled after the killings, he said.

The 303rd police zone spokesman, Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, said they were shocked by the incident, adding an investigation had been launched to determine what caused the policeman to kill the Americans.

The fresh incident of the kind came three months after an Afghan National Army soldier killed three German soldiers and injured as many others in a military base in northern Baghlan province. The attacker was also killed in that incident.

The fresh attack came after a dozen US Army troops drove in armored vehicles to the border police headquarters in Maimana for a routine meeting on cooperation, an official said.

The killing came as hundreds of Afghans demonstrated for a fourth day against the burning of the holy Quraninfo-icon by a US Christian cleric in Florida.

After nine people, including seven UN workers were killed in the first two days, protests on Sunday in Jalalabad and on Monday in Mehtarlam caused no deaths, officials said.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force consists of more than 130,000 troops from 48 nations fighting in Afghanistaninfo-icon, according to the latest tally last month posted on the force's website.



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