An Afghan soldier has opened fire on American troops, wounding at least seven of them, before being shot dead in a military base in northern Afghanistan, officials said, in the second so-called "insider attack" in the past week. It's also suspected to be a so-called "green-on-blue" attack - when Afghan troops turn on their US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts.
The US soldiers were evacuated after the "insider attack" a spokesman for the US military command said.
In a separate statement, a US official said four USA military personnel were wounded. A ten man strong team dressed in Afghan military uniforms killed more than 140 Afghan soldiers using both gun fire and bomb blasts.
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In a statement released on Voice of Jihad, the Taliban claimed the strike under the aegis of Operation Mansouri, its most recent spring offensive. That was one of the deadliest Taliban attacks on an Afghan army base to date. It said one Afghan soldier was killed and one wounded.
Tabassoom said two suicide attackers died in the suicide auto bombings and three others were killed in the following firefight with the police.
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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said an investigation into the incident has been launched.
The latest attack comes at a time when the Pentagon is planning to send nearly 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, hoping to break a stalemate in the 16-year war, the Associated Press reported, citing an unidentified official. But the emergence of an affiliate of the Islamic State group has created a sense of urgency to turn the war around. He added that two other insurgents were killed by police, but a fight with one remaining attacker is ongoing.
"We are not winning in Afghanistan right now", Mattis told Congress on Tuesday, "and we will correct this as soon as possible".
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