Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

Afghan soldier shoots, wounds 3 US troops

Afghan soldier shoots, wounds 3 US troops

The shooter was a member of the Afghan special forces, military spokesman Mohammad Rasoul Zazai told the Reuters news agency on Sunday.

An Afghan Defense Force soldier opened fire on US troops in Helmand province Sunday, wounding three.

Navy Captain Bill Salvin, a United States military spokesman, said coalition forces killed the soldier "to end the attack, " but Colonel Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, an Afghan Army spokesman, said the soldier had made a mistake and had not fired deliberately. USA soldiers receiving medical care.

The top USA commander in the country, Gen. John Nicholson, told Congress earlier this year he needed more US and allied soldiers to help train the Afghan army.

The NATO mission in Afghanistan aims to train and advise Afghan security forces.

The Taliban said an "Afghan patriot soldier" opened fire on the Americans, without claiming responsibility for the attack.

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Elsewhere in Afghanistan, Taliban fighters attacked a district headquarters in the Kandahar province using a suicide auto bomb, said Samim Khpolwak, a spokesman for the governor.

The incident happened during a military training exercise, officials said.

In the southern Zabul province, an army operation killed 13 Taliban and wounded 11 others, said General Sadiqullah Saberi.

There are roughly 8,400 USA troops on the ground in Afghanistan - more than in Iraq and Syria combined.

Another 10 fighters were killed in a separate drone strike in the Dand-e Patan district of neighbouring Paktia province, said Gov. Zelmai Wessa.

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