Washington, June 11: The US Defence Department confirmed on Saturday that three US soldiers were killed and another wounded in eastern Afghanistan. The Pentagon announced the casualties in a briefing statement that did not detail the incident, Xinhua reporetd. “The incident is under investigation, said the statement, adding more information will be released as appropriate.”
However, according to local sources, the attack was an insider attack targeting US soldiers by an Afghan solider. “The incident took place in Achin district and the Afghan army commando involved in the firing was also shot dead after attacking the U.S. soldiers,” Ataullah Khogyani, the provincial governor spokesman, told Xinhua. Also Known as the “green-on-blue” attack, the insider attack, where an Afghan government solider or police fires on TO coalition forces, is one of the major problems facing coalition forces there.
Three US soldiers were wounded after being shot by an Afghan soldier in a base in Helmand province on March 19. The latest insider attack also happened as U.S. President Dold Trump was reportedly mulling over increasing troop levels for Afghanistan. Currently, there are about 8,400 U.S. troops and another 5,000 TO forces in Afghanistan to train and assist Afghan forces against the Taliban and conduct counter-terrorism missions. (IANS)