Slovak Soldier Killed by Man in Afghan Uniform


Kabul  -- A Slovak soldier with NATO-led international forces in Afghanistan died after an attack by an Afghan soldier, Slovak Defence Minister Martin Glvac said Tuesday.

Six others were injured in the attack.

The attack was carried out by an Afghan national army soldier at Kandahar airfield, General Abdul Raziq Sherzai, commander for the air brigade in Kandahar, said.

Initial reports had said three Czech nationals were injured in the attack.

The attacker has been arrested, Sherzai said.

The attack came the same day the New York Times reported that US President Barack Obama is considering speeding up the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.

Obama might even resort to a "zero option" that would leave no American troops there after 2014, the newspaper said, quoting unidentified American and European officials.

Obama is committed to ending US military involvement in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, but there have been negotiations about leaving a small force behind.

This idea, however, has hit difficulties because the relationship between Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai has deteriorated over various issues, including negotiations with the Tabliban over the way forward after US withdrawal.

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