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09 July 2018, 11:51 | Devin Moran
US service member killed, 2 wounded in 'apparent insider attack' in Afghanistan
Two more troops were wounded in the apparent attack July 7 according to an announcement from Resolute Support public affairs.
The NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, Resolute Support, said Saturday that the incident was under investigation and that the two wounded United States service members are being treated and are in stable condition.
The incident marks the first combat fatality for the US military in Afghanistan since April 30, and the third there this year.
The name of the service member who was killed will be withheld until 24 hours after next of kin is notified, in line with policy, the statement said.
To date, 49 US troops have died in Afghanistan since January 1 2015, when operations in the country formally transitioned from combat operations to a mission of support and advisory assistance to the Afghan National Security Forces, who continue to fend off Taliban insurgents on the ground.
The incident comes just over a year after three USA soldiers were killed and one other was injured when an Afghan National Army soldier fired on a unit in Nangarhar Province. There were no insider attacks on USA service members during the same period, according to a Department of Defense (DoD) report released last month. "And I will tell you honestly, we have had our Afghan partners come to us with intelligence that preempted potential attacks, and they have been proactively taking care of their own problems". They did not indicate a specific location where the attack occurred. In the six months prior to June, there were two US military deaths due to hostile actions and 22 USA military personnel wounded, according the DoD report.
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