Afghan soldier shoots dead U.S. service member

Li Jiayao

KABUL, July 8 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. service member was shot dead and two U.S. service members wounded after an Afghan soldier turned his weapon against coalition forces in Afghanistan late Saturday, the coalition forces said Sunday.

The apparent insider attack occurred in a local airport in Tirin Kowt city, capital of southern Afghanistan's Uruzgan province.

"The wounded service members, who are in stable condition, are currently being treated. The incident is under investigation," Resolute Support said in a statement.

The statement did not detail the incident, only saying that "in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin notification is complete."

Additional information will be released as appropriate, the statement added.

Around 16,000 troops from U.S., NATO and other partner countries are in Afghanistan, training the Afghan forces within the framework of a NATO-led mission.


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