(KABUL, Afghanistan) — After a lull of several weeks, “insider attacks” on coalition troops have apparently resumed in Afghanistan.
The Pentagon reported Thursday that two U.S. troops were killed by someone dressed in an Afghan police uniform who opened fire on them in the southern Uruzgan province.
Maj. Lori Hodge, a spokeswoman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said it was unclear whether the shooter was a member of the national security forces or an insurgent disguised as a police officer.
The shooting occurred just a day after Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar posted a message on radical Islamic websites, calling for more insider attacks on coalition forces. Omar has been hiding out in Pakistan since the overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan 11 years ago.
So far in 2012, there have been 55 members of the coalition killed in this fashion, most of them U.S. service members.
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