ROGUE AFGHAN SOLDIER KILLED US TROOPS
NATO-ISAF is investigating a report that an Afghan soldier shot and killed foreign troops in the south of the country, reports on Saturday 11/06/2010 said.
The report, from an Afghan news agency, quoted the Taliban saying three members of the NATO force had been killed in an attack in Helmand. A NATO spokesman said they were "aware of the incident in Helmand" and were investigating.
In July a renegade Afghan soldier shot and killed three British army Gurkhas at a base in Helmand province. The report on Saturday by the Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press agency (AIP) quoted a Taliban spokesman saying the Afghan soldier had opened fire inside a military base in Sangin district and had then fled to join Taliban fighters. Correspondents say AIP has strong links to the Taliban and is not generally regarded as reliable.
However, Helmand's deputy police chief told AFP news agency a soldier had attacked NATO-ISAF troops. "We know that an army soldier opened fire on ISAF forces, but we don't know the details," Col Kamaludin Khan said.
Two more Camp Pendleton Marines have been killed in combat in Afghanistan's Helmand province, the Defense Department announced Saturday. But there is no confirmation there death is related to the incident.
There have been several incidents of Afghan soldiers firing on foreign troops.
In October, an Afghan soldier fired a rocket-propelled grenade at French and Afghan forces manning an outpost north of the capital, Kabul, but caused no casualties.
In July, as well as the attack on British troops (see -Helmand 07.13.10), an Afghan soldier killed two US contractors inside a military base in the north (see - Mazar 07.20.10). In August, two Spanish police officers and an interpreter were killed by an Afghan policeman they were training in north-west Afghanistan (see - Badghis 08.25.2010).
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