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Afghan police killed, NATO soldier wounded in 'insider attack'
by Staff Writers
Kandahar, Afghanistan (AFP) Aug 5, 2017


Georgian soldier killed in Taliban suicide attack: NATO
Kabul (AFP) Aug 4, 2017 - A Georgian soldier was killed in a Taliban suicide bomb attack on a convoy of foreign forces near Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, NATO said Friday.

At least two civilians also died in the attack in Qarabagh district of Kabul province late Thursday while two US service personnel, three Georgian soldiers and a Afghan interpreter were wounded.

"They are all in stable condition at the Bagram Airfield military hospital," NATO said in a statement, referring to the largest American airbase in Afghanistan, which lies around 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the capital Kabul.

The attack happened around 8:00 pm (1530 GMT) on Thursday when a suicide bomber on foot targeted the joint convoy of foreign and Afghan troops, Mohammad Salim Almas, the police chief of Kabul city, told AFP.

He added that three civilians died in the attack, while NATO said two had been killed and seven wounded.

The deadly assault was the latest blow to the international coalition in the war-torn country and came at the peak of the Taliban summer fighting season.

NATO forces ended their more than a decade-long combat mission in Afghanistan at the end of 2014, but since then Afghan troops and police, beset by soaring casualties, have struggled to beat back the resurgent Taliban.

The attack came a day after two US soldiers died when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into a convoy of foreign forces in Kandahar province.

There are around 13,000 foreign forces in Afghanistan, the majority of which are American. There are 900 Georgian soldiers.

Two Afghan police officers were killed and a NATO soldier was wounded in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said.

The so called "green on blue" attack happened at Kandahar airfield when NATO advisors, who had completed a training session with their Afghan counterparts, were returning to their base, NATO said.

"Romanian soldiers... returned fire in self-defence and killed the gunman," the statement said, adding that the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Civil Order Police.

A Romanian soldier was wounded in the attack," NATO said.

Police spokesman Abdul Hamid Mubarez told AFP that foreign troops opened fire on their forces after a "verbal clash" with them.

He said one police officer was killed at the scene and another who was wounded died later in hospital.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Western officials say most insider attacks stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings rather than insurgent plots.

The incident comes as the United States ponders sending more American troops to Afghanistan and it came at the end of a difficult week for foreign forces in the war-torn country.

Two US soldiers died when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into their convoy in Kandahar on Wednesday.

The next day a Georgian soldier was killed in a Taliban suicide bomb attack on a convoy of foreign forces near Bagram Airbase.

In June, three US troops were killed and another wounded in an insider attack during a joint operation in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province.

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