Foreign troops shoot, injured Afghan ministry guard
KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign forces shot and injured a security guard of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in capital Kabul on Tuesday, officials and eyewitnesses said.
Crime branch police chief Brig. Gen. Faridoon Obaidi confirmed the incident and said an investigation into the attack was underway. He said the injured guard was under treatment at a government hospital in Kabul.
He said foreign troops who injured the guard were yet to identified and information in this regard would be shared with the media after the investigation.
Eyewitnesses said the guard was shot several times in the stomach and was rushed to hospital in critical condition.
Wishing anonymity, the witnesses said the incident took place in the afternoon and that the foreign troops fled the scene after the shooting.
One eyewitness Faiz Azimi told Pajhwok Afghan News foreign troops fired a magazine full of bullets at the guard. He did not know what provoked the foreign troops, who he believed were likely Americans, to fire at the guard.
Musafir Qoqandi, a spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry when contacted, said it was “a trivial incident.”
"Initial reports indicate that a man dressed in an Afghan National Defense Security Forces uniform opened fire on coalition forces at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Kabul on February 9th" said U.S. Army Colonel Michael T. Lawhorn, Public Affairs Director Resolute Support.
Coalition forces returned fire and wounded the man who was later taken to the hospital, he said, adding the incident was currently under investigation.
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