Rogue Afghan Soldier Kills 3 British Troops

Fires grenade into group of soldiers before escaping
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 13, 2010 7:20 AM CDT
In this photo made available by the British Forces Broadcasting Service, British soccer player David Beckham, during his visit to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Saturday, May 22, 2010.   (AP Photo/BFBS, Squadron Leader Neville Clayton)
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(Newser) – A rogue Afghan soldier fired a rocket-propelled grenade into a group of international forces early this morning, killing three British troops and wounding four others. The Afghan soldier, who used a shoulder-mounted launcher to fire a grenade at around 2am, escaped and is being sought. Afghan President Hamid Karzai sent a letter of apology to the British government, and a joint NATO-Afghan team is investigating the incident in the southern province of Helmand.

NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus expressed condolences to the families of the victims and called for unity in the fight to bring security to Afghanistan. In November, an Afghan policeman killed five British troops, underlining the difficulty in training the Afghan security forces who are hoped to take on more responsibilities, allowing international forces to return home.

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