TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Taliban claims responsibility for 'insider attack' on NATO-Afghan base that kills U.S. service member

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Los Angeles Times
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
 

KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.S. service member was killed on Thursday in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province when a man in an Afghan National Army uniform opened fire on a joint military training base, provincial officials said.

The assailant was killed in return fire by North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces, said Rohullah Samoon, a spokesman for Paktia's governor.

“It's too early to say whether the Afghan soldier was a Taliban infiltrator,” Samoon said, adding that a joint investigation by Afghan and coalition forces was under way into the incident in Paktia's Gerda Seri district.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a Twitter message that his group was responsible for the attack. NATO confirmed the death but didn't immediately provide the victim's nationality, in keeping with its policy.

This was the second so-called insider attack in Paktia in less than a week. Three American troops were killed in a similar incident on Saturday.

Insider attacks killed 62 people in 47 incidents in 2012, according to NATO, compared with 35 killed in 21 attacks in 2011.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Antarctica yields life in extremest of conditions, so what about on another planet?
  2. Nigerian President Jonathan urges peaceful vote as elections loom
  3. ‘Substantial’ roadblocks remain as nuclear talks with Iran go down to wire
  4. Co-pilot may have hidden illness, German prosecutors say
  5. Airstrikes intensify in Yemen as Egypt, Saudis consider ground forces
  6. Al-Qaida branch seizes Syrian city
  7. Leaders wary of vote-rigging in Nigeria
  8. Co-pilot in Germanwings Alps crash treated for suicidal tendencies
  9. Shiia militias in Iraq say they have assurances U.S. will stop strikes