March 20, 2017
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier opened fire Sunday inside a base in the southern Helmand province, wounding three US soldiers before being shot dead.
Navy Captain Bill Salvin, a US military spokesman, said coalition forces killed the soldier ‘‘to end the attack,’’ but Colonel Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, an Afghan Army spokesman, said the soldier had made a mistake and had not fired deliberately.
Several US troops have been killed in Afghanistan in recent years in so-called insider attacks carried out by Afghan police or soldiers. In October, an Afghan man in a military uniform shot dead a US soldier and an American civilian contractor inside a military base in Kabul before being killed.
Elsewhere in Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents attacked a district headquarters in the Kandahar province Sunday using a suicide car bomb, said Samim Khpolwak, a spokesman for the governor. He declined to say how many people were killed or wounded.
A security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information, said six police were killed and five others were wounded in the assault, which was claimed by the Taliban.
In the southern Zabul province, an army operation killed 13 Taliban and wounded 11 others, said General Sadiqullah Saberi. He said two Afghan soldiers were killed and three others were wounded by a roadside bomb during the operation.
Two Taliban commanders were killed in an apparent US drone strike Sunday in the Barmal district of the eastern Paktika province, said a spokesman for the provincial governor.
In the eastern Nangarhar province on Friday, a suicide bomber tried to kill a local religious affairs director outside a mosque after Friday prayers, but the official’s brother intervened, wrapping his arms around the bomber before he set off his payload, killing both of them, said Ajmal Omar, a member of the provincial council. He said the official was unharmed.
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