Accessibility links

Breaking News

Afghan Soldier Kills Two U.S. Troops

KABUL (Reuters) -- An Afghan army soldier has shot dead two U.S. servicemen and wounded a third before killing himself in northeast Afghanistan, the U.S. military said.

The soldier fired at the U.S. soldiers, killing one and wounding two others, one of whom died later, it said in a statement.

"One coalition service member was killed...another died of wounds, and a third was wounded by an Afghan National Army soldier, who reportedly fired upon them," it said. "The Afghan National Army soldier reportedly killed himself immediately after the incident."

The incident occurred at about 2:20 p.m. local time, before U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled the results of his administration's strategy review of Afghanistan, which includes strengthening Afghanistan's national security forces.

The training of the Afghan army and police is being undertaken by U.S. forces.

The U.S. statement quoted Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak as saying the incident was being investigated and "full corrective action" would be taken.

No further information was available from U.S. military. Similar incidents have occurred in the past in Afghanistan, where about 70,000 foreign troops are fighting a growing Taliban insurgency.

Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan set out as its key objective the defeat of Al-Qaeda militants there and in Pakistan who he said were plotting new attacks on the United States.