Afghan Soldier Kills 1 American Soldier, Wounds 2 Others

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Sharif Muzayen trains an Afghan Local Police recruit on the proper technique for firing his weapon on Forward Operating Base Sabit Qadam, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on July 8, 2012. Sean M. Searfus/Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Sharif Muzayen trains an Afghan Local Police recruit on the proper technique for firing his weapon on Forward Operating Base Sabit Qadam, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on July 8, 2012. Sean M. Searfus/Marine Corps

Updated at 9:33 a.m. Eastern

KABUL, Afghanistan -- An American soldier was killed in a shooting incident Wednesday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad in which at least two other U.S. troops were wounded when an Afghan soldier opened fire at them, a U.S. official said.

The incident happened after a meeting between Afghan provincial leaders and a U.S. Embassy official in the compound of the provincial governor in Jalalabad. All U.S. Embassy staff were accounted for and returned safely to their mission, the embassy said.

NATO confirmed one of its soldiers died in the attack, without providing the nationality of the slain soldier, as is the coalition's policy. The Washington official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak before the official announcement was released.

It was the second fatality suffered by NATO since the beginning of the year, when the coalition launched its new mission in Afghanistan called Resolute Support. Also, an Afghan soldier killed three American contractors on January 29. The shooter was also killed in that incident.

Gen. Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, who is police chief for eastern Nangarhar province where the shooting happened, said it took place immediately after the meeting and the embassy official has left.

"Right after the U.S. official had left, suddenly an Afghan army soldier opened fire on the U.S. soldiers who were present in the compound," Sherzad told The Associated Press.

The American troops returned fire, killing the Afghan soldier, whom Sherzad identified as Abdul Azim, from Laghman province. The motive for his attack was not immediately known.

Information was sketchy and an eyewitness told the AP that four U.S. troops had been wounded in the attack - not three as Sherzad said - and were being treated at a clinic on the American base in Jalalabad.

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Updated at 9:10 a.m. Eastern

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A U.S. official says an American soldier was killed in a shooting incident in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad in which at least two other U.S. troops were wounded when an Afghan soldier opened fire at them.

The incident happened after a meeting Wednesday between Afghan provincial leaders and a U.S. Embassy official in the compound of the provincial governor in Jalalabad.

NATO confirmed one of its soldiers died in the attack, without providing the nationality of the slain soldier.

The Washington official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak before the official announcement was released.

It's the second suffered by NATO since the beginning of the year, when the coalition launched its new mission in Afghanistan called Resolute Support.

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Original story

KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan soldier opened fire on U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday, wounding three before he was shot dead by American troops, an official and an eyewitness said.

The incident happened after a meeting between Afghan provincial leaders and a U.S. Embassy official in the compound of the provincial governor in the city of Jalalabad, according to Gen. Fazel Ahmad Sherzad.

U.S. officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

It is the second insider attack this year. An Afghan soldier killed three American contractors on January 29. The shooter was also killed in that incident.

Sherzad, who is police chief for eastern Nangarhar province, said the incident happened immediately after the meeting and the embassy official has left.

"Right after the U.S. official had left, suddenly an Afghan army soldier opened fire on the U.S. soldiers who were present in the compound," Sherzad told The Associated Press.

The American troops returned fire, killing the Afghan soldier, whom Sherzad identified as Abdul Azim, from Laghman province.

The motive for his attack was not immediately known.

Information was sketchy and an eyewitness told the AP that four U.S. troops had been wounded in the attack -- not three, as Sherzad said -- and were being treated at a clinic on the American base in Jalalabad.

The witness, an Afghan interpreter working with the U.S. troops, said that no U.S. soldiers had died in the incident.

"Only the ANA (Afghan National Army) soldier died, we killed him straight away," said the witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media.

Earlier, an Afghan official said two people were killed and three wounded in an ambush late Tuesday aimed at police in eastern Kunar province, where the Taliban have a strong presence.

Farid Dhekhan, the spokesman for the provincial police chief, said the attack, which occurred in Narang district, targeted a police vehicle, which escaped unharmed. The dead were a man and woman from the same family, Dhekhan said, speaking on Wednesday.

Kunar is on the eastern border with Pakistan and has long been an insurgent stronghold.

The Western-backed Afghan government's nearly 13-year war against the insurgents has intensified as both sides seek to strengthen their positions ahead of possible peace talks.

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