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Two NATO Soldiers Killed In Afghan 'Insider' Attack


Two Romanian special forces soldiers in Afghanistan have been killed and a third wounded when members of a local police unit they were training opened fire on them before themselves being killed.

A statement from the Romanian Defense Ministry said the incident took place on May 7 while the men were training Afghan police in the southern city of Kandahar.

So-called "green-on-blue" insider attacks by Afghan troops on international service members have occurred periodically over the years but have become much less frequent as a result of improved security measures.

The attack came as NATO commander General John Nicholson reviews plans to cut the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by next year almost in half, a move that officials say would see the training mission severely reduced.

However, a statement from the NATO-led international coalition in Afghanistan said the shooting would not threaten its training and advisory mission with Afghan forces.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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