(KABUL, Afghanistan) — An Afghan soldier opened fire on American forces in Afghanistan Friday, one day after a teacher and another member of the Afghan National Army turned their guns on U.S. troops, killing two.
The incident took place at a base near Kabul. Shots were fired as a U.S. helicopter was trying to land there.
It’s unclear if the Afghan soldier dropped the weapon, if it went off by accident or if the shooting was in fact intentional. The shooter has been taken into custody and the Ministry of Defence is investigating the matter.
Although NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command said no one was injured in Friday’s attack, the incident highlights the danger U.S. troops are facing in Afghanistan.
Six American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in three separate incidents since the U.S. military admitted to burning the Muslim holy book, the Koran, sparking nationwide protests and riots. And so far this year, more than one in six of the NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been killed by their Afghan partners.
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