Pentagon: 3 US soldiers killed, 1 wounded in Afghanistan
09:00, Jun 11, 2017
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According to CBS News, he was a commander of 11-soldier unit. But the Afghan Taliban claimed that one of its members had infiltrated Afghan forces, opened fire on US troops and killed four in Nangarhar province, according to private SITE Intelligence Group.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the shooter was a member of the militant group and had killed four Americans and wounded several more.
There are about 8,400 United States troops in Afghanistan.
"The cause of the shooting is not clear".
President Donald Trump was briefed on the shootings, a White House spokesman said, but as of Saturday evening there had been no comment from the President.
Vice President Pence addressed the attack in his remarks at an event in Wisconsin on repealing Obamacare. "And our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these American heroes". A fourth soldier was wounded and is being treated for injuries. One of those wounded later died of injuries sustained in the attack, a US official tells CBS News.
"On my way here I was informed that US service members were killed and wounded in an attack in Afghanistan", Pence said.
The killings have further sparked fierce mistrust between locals and foreign forces in the region, even though the rate of such attacks has dropped in recent years.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops have adopted special security measures in recent years to try to counter the threat.
USA casualties in Afghanistan have been decreasing lately, but Achin has emerged as a particularly deadly point for US troops this year.
Three U.S. soldiers were killed and one other was wounded Saturday in eastern Afghanistan when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them, U.S. officials confirmed to NBC News. "An investigation has already begun", Khogyani said, according to Reuters.
In March, another Afghan soldier was killed after he opened fire on foreign forces at a base in Helmand province, wounding three USA soldiers.
Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the Helmand governor, put the toll at three policemen killed and two wounded.
The Afghan conflict is the longest in American history. Past year the fighting forced thousands of people to flee their homes, mostly seeking refuge in provincial capital Lashkar Gah, with the city practically besieged by the Taliban.
The U.S. has 8,400 troops deployed in Afghanistan to train and advise Afghan forces; most rarely participate in direct combat.
American troops, including special forces, also carry out separate counterterrorism missions. "We will release more information when appropriate", it added.
American troops have partnered with Afghan soldiers in raids against IS Khorasan, claiming the local offshoot of the jihadist group based in Iraq and Syria is steadily losing ground in Afghanistan.
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