Conflict & Justice

Five American NATO soldiers shot by man in Afghan army uniform


Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers hold rocket-propelled grenade launchers as they keep watch near the scene of an attack in Kabul on April 15, 2012.


Shah Marai

Five American NATO soldiers were shot and wounded late Tuesday by a man in an Afghan army uniform, an Afghan official and NATO confirmed Wednesday. 

The Washington Post reported that five members of the US-led coalition, based in the eastern Afghanistan province of Wardak in the Sayed Abad district, were shot.

NATO maintains a large base in the region, the UK Press Association reported

The service members were being treated at a medical facility, but details about the severity of their injuries or what happened to the shooter were not released, the Post reported. 

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The incident is the second of its kind this week: on Sunday, three British soldiers were shot and killed by an Afghan policeman, the UKPA reported. 

These so-called “green-on-blue” shootings — where members or apparent members of Afghan security forces attack Western troops — has become alarmingly more regular in the region, the Los Angeles Times reported. So far this year, at least 26 NATO troops have been killed by Afghan officials. 

In 2011, there were 35 "green-on-blue" fatalities over the course of the entire year, the New York Times reported

The attacks come even as the international forces have been training Afghanistan's army to fight on their own in preparation for an accelerated withdrawal, the New York Times reported. 

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