Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Taliban attack kills five Afghan police, injures 15

Taliban attack kills five Afghan police, injures 15

Col. Abdul Qahar Aram, spokesman for the 209th Corps, said an Afghan soldier had opened fire, wounding foreign soldiers in the garrison area of the camp.

A massive attack in April on the same Shaheen base by Taliban militants left scores of Afghan soldiers dead.

The Saturday shooting was one of several recent insider attacks that are raising new concerns about poor vetting and conflicting loyalties, even among the elite Afghan special operations forces that the US military sees as crucial to boosting the war effort.

At least one Afghan soldier has been killed and several American soldiers wounded in an incident at a base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, a U.S. military official said.

The shootout at Camp Shaheen near northern Mazar-i-Sharif city is the second "green-on-blue" attack - where Afghan soldiers turn their weapons on worldwide forces assisting them - reported this week.

A coalition official told CNN that some United States military personnel were wounded and evacuated after what appears to be an insider or "green-on-blue" attack by an Afghan soldier. It's also suspected to be a so-called "green-on-blue" attack - when Afghan troops turn on their US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts. One Afghan soldier was killed and another was wounded, the coalition said.

Authorities say an Afghan solider attacked and wounded US soldiers at a military base on Saturday.

Tabassoom said two suicide attackers died in the suicide vehicle bombings and three others were killed in the following firefight with the police.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the armed group, said at the time that a Taliban loyalist had infiltrated the Afghan army "just to attack foreign forces". But he did not claim Taliban responsibility.

Both Afghan and American analysts, however, doubt that adding several thousand more troops to the 8,400 now here will make much difference in a war that at one point involved 140,000 US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces.

"We fear a large number of civilian casualties as there were shops and customers near the police headquarters where the attack took place".

It remains unclear as to whether the slain Afghan, who is reported to have been a commando, was the perpetrator of the attack. Trump has inherited America's longest conflict with no clear endpoint or a defined strategy for American success, though US troop levels are far lower than they were under Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

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