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3 American soldiers killed in Achin insider attack


3 American soldiers killed in Achin insider attack

Jun 11, 2017 - 01:22


KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan National Amy (ANA) soldier shot dead three US troops after an operation in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border on Saturday, officials said.

The Nangarhar governor’s spokesman as saying the insider occurred in the Achin district, a Daesh stronghold. Attaullah Khogyani said two American soldiers were killed and two wounded.

But a US military official confirmed three fatalities -- Army Rangers -- in the attack. He said one of the wounded soldiers later succumbed to his injuries.

The rogue soldier, a commando who headed an 11-man unit, was also killed in return fire. The Department of Defense is yet to notify the casualties.

With the motive behind the shooting unclear, an investigation has been launched into the incident, according to a provincial security official, who did not want to be named.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement the soldier was a member of the militant movement. He claimed four Americans were killed in the shooting.