Man in Afghan Uniform Kills US General

He would be highest-ranking American officer killed since Vietnam

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 5, 2014 7:42 AM CDT | Updated Aug 5, 2014 10:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire today on NATO troops at a military base, killing a US two-star general and wounding some 15 people, among them a German brigadier general and a number of Americans troops, authorities said. The attack at Camp Qargha, a base west of Kabul, killed the highest-ranking US officer of the nearly 13-year war. In fact, the New York Times says he would be the highest-ranking officer killed in hostile action since the Vietnam War. For now, US officials have identified him only as a major general. One official said about half of the wounded were Americans.

Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for Afghanistan's Defense Ministry, said a "terrorist in an army uniform" opened fire on both local and international troops. Azimi said the shooter had been killed and that three Afghan army officers were wounded. He did not offer a motive for the assault. The attack comes after so-called "insider attacks"—incidents in which Afghan security turn on their NATO partners—saw a large drop last year.

An Afghan laborer walks past a gate of Camp Qargha as Afghanistan National Army soldiers stand guard, west of  Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.
An Afghan laborer walks past a gate of Camp Qargha as Afghanistan National Army soldiers stand guard, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.   (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
A NATO soldier, right, opens fire in an apparent warning shot in the vicinity of journalists near the main gate of Camp Qargha, Afghanistan.
A NATO soldier, right, opens fire in an apparent warning shot in the vicinity of journalists near the main gate of Camp Qargha, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
Afghan teenagers walk past the main gate of Camp Qargha, west of Kabul, Afghanistan.
Afghan teenagers walk past the main gate of Camp Qargha, west of Kabul, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
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