Another Apparent Afghan Insider Attack Kills US Service Member

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of an attack by gunmen in Kabul on Aug. 16. A U.S. service member was killed and another wounded in the city on Nov. 3 by an Afghan security force member. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Afghan security forces arrive at the site of an attack by gunmen in Kabul on Aug. 16. A U.S. service member was killed and another wounded in the city on Nov. 3 by an Afghan security force member. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

The latest in a rash of deadly reported insider attacks in Afghanistan has claimed the life of one U.S. service member and left another wounded.

U.S. Forces Afghanistan announced that the attack occurred Saturday local time in Kabul, the country’s capital.

“Initial reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces,” officials said in the release. “Initial reports also indicate the attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan Forces.”

The service branch and current mission of the troops targeted in the attack was not released.

Both American troops were medically evacuated to Bagram Airfield, about 40 miles north of Kabul. The wounded service member, whose injuries were not described, remains there receiving medical treatment, and is in stable condition, officials said.

In keeping with military policy, the name of the service member killed in the attack will not be released until 24 hours after next-of-kin are notified.

Insider, or green-on-blue, attacks, in which Afghan troops or security forces turn on a coalition partner, have always been a threat in Afghanistan. This year, however, they’ve claimed a particularly high number of U.S. and coalition lives in high-profile incidents.

In July, Army Cpl. Joseph Maciel was killed and two troops wounded in one such attack in the Tarin Kowt district of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province. Two months later, on September 3, Command Sergeant Major Timothy Bolyard, the senior enlisted adviser to the Army’s new 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, was killed in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province.

On Oct. 22, another apparent insider attack in Herat province, to the West, killed a NATO service member and killed a top Afghan police official, Gen. Abdul Raziq. The commander of all U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, was present but uninjured.

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-- Matthew Cox contributed to this report.

-- Hope Hodge Seck can be reached at hope.seck@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @HopeSeck.

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