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NATO Resolute Support mission has released a statement saying that an “insider attack” took place in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing one U.S. service member and wounding two others.
The two wounded U.S. service members are in stable condition and being treated.
Officials are investigating the incident, the statement said.
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A police officer reportedly told AFP news agency that a shooting took place at a Tarinkot airport, in the capital city of the Uruzgan province, the BBC News reported. This has not yet been confirmed by NATO officials.
The wounded service members are currently undergoing treatment, but are listed in stable condition.
Due to U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the killed service member will not be released until 24 hours after next of kin have been notified.
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Several hundred Marines are stationed in Helmand, while several hundred Air Force members are in Kandahar.
One U.S. service member killed, two wounded, in apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan, @ResoluteSupport says. No word on exactly where yet. A few hundred Marines are in Helmand, and similar sized presence of mostly U.S. Air Force is in Kandahar to train Afghan pilots.
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This latest attack marks the third U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan this year.
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In April, an attack in eastern Afghanistan killed one U.S. service member, The New York Times reported. Multiple Afghan soldiers were also killed during the combat operation.
Since 2015, troops in eastern Afghanistan have been fighting the extremist Khorasan group after they began taking territory from the Taliban and the Afghan government.
In January, Sgt. First Class Mihail Golin was killed and four other soldiers wounded during a gunfight in Nangarhar province, also in eastern Afghanistan. The area is held by the Islamic State.