Middle East Afghan commando kills two US troops in insider attack

Afghan commando kills two US troops in insider attack
NATO forces in Afghanistan. (Photo: AFP)

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Kurdistan24) – An Afghan commando on Saturday killed two American soldiers during a joint operation in Afghanistan, a local official said.

The incident occurred as US and Afghan troops were advancing in eastern Nangarhar, one of the strongholds of the Islamic State (IS) in the country.

“Today, around noon, an Afghan commando opened fire on US troops in Achin district, killing two American soldiers,” Nangarhar provincial governor Attaullah Khogyani confirmed.

“The cause of the shooting is not clear,” he continued. “An investigation has already begun.”

Khogyani added that two other US soldiers were injured during the attack and “the [Afghan] soldier was also killed in the return fire.”

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the violence, stating it was carried out by an infiltrator.

The group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the shooter was a member of the militant group and had killed four Americans and wounded several more, according to Reuters.

NATO forces in Kabul refused to comment on the event or provide further detail.

Meanwhile, the US-led military coalition released a brief statement regarding the clash.

“We are aware of an incident in eastern Afghanistan,” the report read. “We will release more information when appropriate.”

Insider assaults have been labeled “green-on-blue” attacks—when Afghan soldiers or police turn their guns on international troops.

These attacks have been a serious problem during NATO’s several years of fighting alongside Afghan troops.

Three American forces were injured in March when an Afghan soldier opened fire in southern Helmand Province, the first known insider attack on international forces this year.

There are nearly 9,000 US troops in Afghanistan today, including another 5,000 from NATO allies.