Afghan Soldier Kills 3 US Soldiers: Official

The Taliban is claiming responsibility
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 10, 2017 12:30 PM CDT
Updated Jun 10, 2017 4:30 PM CDT
In this April 17, 2017 photo, US forces and Afghan commandos patrol in Asad Khil village near the site of a US bombing in the Achin district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

(Newser) – Three US soldiers were killed Saturday when an Afghan army solider opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan, US officials tell CNN. One other US soldier was wounded in the attack, which took place in the Achin district. An Afghan official said the Afghan soldier was killed after the attack. The AP reports the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that a Taliban loyalist had infiltrated the Afghan army "just to attack foreign forces."

A statement from the US military said merely that the military was "aware of an incident in eastern Afghanistan." White House spokesperson Raj Shah told reporters traveling with President Trump in New Jersey that Trump was "following the emerging situation in Afghanistan." Such insider attacks have happened before in Afghanistan. In March, another Afghan soldier was killed after he opened fire on foreign forces at a base in Helmand province, wounding three US soldiers. (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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