United States service member killed, two others wounded in Afghanistan 'insider' attack

U.S. service members are shown at sunrise in Afghanistan in 2013

The US-led coalition headquarters in Kabul has confirmed that a US service member has been killed in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan.

The two wounded service members are in a "stable" condition, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said, adding it would not be releasing any further details until next-of-kin had been informed.

The U.S. service members who were wounded are being treated and are in stable condition, according to a statement, which also said the incident in southern Afghanistan is being investigated.

Saturday's incident comes just over a year after three U.S. soldiers were killed by an Afghan soldier in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The name of the fallen service member will be released 24 hours after family notification has taken place in keeping with Defense Department policy, according to the release.

The Taliban said on Twitter that "a patriot Afghan soldier opened fire on Americans in Uruzgan airport killing and wounding at least four American invaders".

O'Donnell told RFE/RL that the last insider attack in Afghanistan occurred in August 2017, leaving a Romanian soldier injured.

To date this year, three other troops have been killed in hostile incidents in Afghanistan.

Around 14,000 US troops are now stationed in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led mission, while also carrying out counterterrorism operations targeting Islamic State (IS) militants and Al-Qaeda.



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