(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) – Another somber milestone for the United States Military, as the 2,000th American soldier was killed in Afghanistan Saturday. According to the Los Angeles Times, a U.N. civilian contractor was also killed in what’s being described as an inside attack by a member of the Afghan security force. Three Afghan soldiers were also killed and four were wounded.
The attack, the Times reports, took place at a checkpoint in Wardak province. Though a local police chief describes the shootout as a misunderstanding, NATO issued a statement saying it suspects the killings were the result of an inside attack, and that a NATO-Afghan force investigation is already underway.
According to the Los Angeles Times, more than 50 coalition soldiers have been killed by insider attacks in 2012, and 15-percent of all NATO deaths in Afghanistan are caused inside shootings.
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Don Melvin and Greg Botelho, CNN Newswire
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