Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

US Soilders Injured at Camp Shaheen In Afghanistan

US Soilders Injured at Camp Shaheen In Afghanistan

The Resolute Support, the global training mission to Afghanistan, announced on its Twitter feed that seven United States service members were wounded, adding that there were no United States fatalities.

The incident took place during a training exercise at around 2 p.m. local time at Camp Shaheen in Mazar-e-Sharif.

Meanwhile, in neighboring Logar province, gunmen shot and killed the head of the police's criminal investigation department, said Salim Saleh, spokesman for provincial governor.

Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, confirmed the attack in Gardez, the provincial capital.

"At this time, we can confirm there are no USA or NATO Resolute Support fatalities", the mission said in a statement.

Though police put the death toll at two, local hospitals received at least five dead bodies and 30 wounded, majority civilians.

In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said an Afghan commando loyal to the militant group had opened fire on foreign "invaders", killing four and wounding four others.

However, the Taliban have claimed credit for the shooting.

A coalition official told CNN that some United States military personnel were wounded and evacuated after what appears to be an insider or "green-on-blue" attack by an Afghan soldier.

The Resolute Support mission announced on its Twitter feed that seven US service members were wounded but said there were no USA fatalities. This is the second insider attack in a week. USA soldiers have been wounded.

Unofficial sources said that 25 police and civilians sustained injuries by the attack.

It took Afghan security forces most of the day to kill the last gunmen, who had barricaded themselves in a kitchen in the compound, according to police.

The insurgents are also targeting the global coalition supporting the Afghan army.

The Pentagon is set to announce it is sending another 4,000 U.S. troops to the country to counter the increasingly aggressive insurgents.

American defense officials say in coming weeks they will decide whether to send between 3,000 to 5,000 more troops as requested by military commanders.

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