One of NATO’s service members have been shot dead in Afghanistan.The incident occurred on Monday but the details of the attack and the names of the deceased have not yet been revealed.
An individual wearing an Afghan army uniform turned his weapon against foreign troops in the south of the country,killing one, in another apparent attack by Afghans against their foreign allies, the NATO command said Tuesday according to the Associated Press
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Laurence Roche, said: “It is my painful duty to report the death of a soldier from 28 Engineer Regiment, who was shot and killed by a suspected member of the Afghan National Army at a patrol base in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.
“This is an extremely sad day for the Corps of Royal Engineers and everyone serving with Task Force Helmand. Our thoughts are with the soldier’s family and friends at this time.”
Several similar attacks have occurred in Gereshk. Last October, two British soldiers were killed by an Afghan policeman. The same month a police officer, along with militants, poisoned their colleagues and shot others, leaving six Afghans dead.
Killings by uniformed Afghans of foreign soldiers and civilians rose dramatically last year, eroding confidence between the sides at a crucial turning point in the conflict. So-called insider attacks killed 61 people in 45 incidents last year compared to 35 killed in 21 attacks a year earlier, according to NATO.