In a firefight between a soldier and NATO coalition forces, one Afghan soldier and a U.S. soldier were killed. Several others were injured. The firing was initiated by the Afghan side, as per Reuters.
The incident took place on Wednesday at a compound where a senior U.S. diplomat and an Eastern Afghanistan provincial governor had met.
”Right after the U.S. official had left, suddenly an Afghan army soldier opened fire on the U.S. soldiers who were present in the compound,” said Afghan Gen. Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, as quoted by the Associated Press.
According to a U.S. official, around six Americans were injured in the attack, but the Pentagon did not mention other numbers and only informed that several others were wounded during the firing.
“I can confirm that one American soldier was killed today,” Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters.
When Warren was asked whether the conflict between NATO forces and the Afghan soldiers was an insider attack, Warren said, “It’s a little early to tell. Indications are leaning that way.”
“But we need to let a little more information come out first,” Warren added.
Police said investigation is on, and they are not yet clear as to who initiated the firing. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has issued a statement on the incident but did not mention anything about the casualties.
“We are aware that there was an exchange of gunfire involving Resolute Support service members … All Chief of Mission personnel of the visiting party are accounted for,” the U.S. Embassy said in the statement.
However, the frequency of internal attacks came down to a great extent in Afghanistan after most foreign forces have been called back. Only a small group of 12,000 NATO troops were left in Afghanistan to train the Afghan forces.