Afghan soldier attacks foreign soldiers, wounding 4

Pauline Gross
June 18, 2017

No U.S. troops were killed in the attack.

The Taliban did not say if they were directly behind the latest attack, only crediting a "patriotic Afghan soldier" for the assault.

The attack on Saturday took place at the Afghan National Army's 209th Corps headquarters in the province of Balkh, located some 540 km to the northwest of Kabul.

Special forces killed four of the insurgents but two held out for several hours, it said, adding that nine police and 13 civilians were wounded in addition to the dead.

A spokesman for the U.S. military confirmed the attack, adding that early reports suggesting that Americans had been killed were incorrect.

NATO's Resolute Support later tweeted that seven US servicemembers were wounded and evacuated for treatment.

Insider attacks on Afghan and US forces are a common method of attack in Afghanistan.

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid praised the attack in a statement sent to the media. The Taliban claimed the commando had been an infiltrator, but Afghan officials said it appeared to have been the outcome of a personal dispute.

Four more attackers stormed the gate after the blast, with at least two quickly killed by police. He had initially announced that three USA soldiers had been wounded.

The attack comes after an earlier Taliban attack that killed at least one Afghan and wounded seven U.S. soldiers in an "insider attack" at a base in northern Afghanistan.

Thousands of global troops remain in the country to train and assist Afghan security forces as well as carry out counterterrorism missions.

US President Donald Trump is learned to have delegated authority on the number of troops in Afghanistan to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

United States troops in Afghanistan now number about 8,400, with another 5,000 from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, who mainly serve in a training and advisory capacity.

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