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

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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.

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