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US service member killed in another Afghan insider attack, NATO says

Army Sgt. Christian Ladd, a combat medic assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, and two Afghan soldiers wait for an Mi-17 to land, May 8, 2018, during a medical evacuation exercise hosted by Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade at the Regional Military Training Center-Kandahar in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield/TAAC-South Public Affairs)
November 03, 2018

A U.S. servicemember was killed today in another insider attack in Afghanistan.

The incident took place in Kabul on Saturday when an Afghan soldier opened fire on U.S. forces, killing one and injuring another.

“Initial reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.  Initial reports also indicate the attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan Forces,” said the statement from NATO’s Resolute Support.

The two wounded personnel were transported to Bagram Aifield. The injured member is receiving medical treatment and is reportedly stable. It’s not clear when the other service member succumbed to their injuries.

An investigation is underway.

The deceased service member’s name will be withheld for 24 hours while next-of-kin notification takes place, per standard policy.

It is the eighth member of U.S. forces killed in Afghanistan this year.

This attack is the latest amid increasing insider attacks on U.S. forces carried out by Afghan forces.

It’s also less than two weeks after the deadly insider attack that left three top Afghan officials dead and injured U.S. members. NATO commander, Gen. Scott. Miller. escaped the incident without injury, however, Brigadier General Jeffery D. Smiley was shot and later received care at a local hospital.

In September, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said stronger training and vetting efforts of Afghan forces were being carried out, while some training operations were being scaled back in an attempt to reduce insider attacks, Reuters reported at the time.