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2 US soldiers killed by Afghan colleague in Farah

2 US soldiers killed by Afghan colleague in Farah

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Aug 17, 2012 - 14:42

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): In a new ‘green-on-blue attack,’ an Afghan local policeman shot dead two American soldiers in western Farah province, the alliance said on Friday.

In a brief statement, NATOinfo-icon said two US Forces-Afghanistaninfo-icon service members died this morning as a result of an insider threat attack in Farah. 

A member of the Afghan Local Police turned his weapon against two USFOR-A service members.  The attacker was shot and killed, it said.

“Officials are investigating the incident to determine the facts and as more information becomes available it will be released as appropriate,” the statement said.

The attack came a week after six American troops were killed in a single day by their local colleagues in southern Helmand province.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday he was “very concerned” about the rise in “insider attacks” and the impact they are having on cooperation with Afghan allies.

Meanwhile, a Talibaninfo-icon spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the attacker, Mohammad Ismael, opened fire on US troops inside a training centre in Kansak area of the Bala Balok district of Farah.

He said three foreign soldiers were killed and the assailant, the commander of local police, belonged to the Ganjabad village. However, he did not say if the attacker was their comrade.

The Taliban often claim such attacks, saying they have infiltrated the ranks of Afghan security forces

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