Americans killed, wounded by Afghan dressed as cop
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Two American service members were killed and 10 others were wounded by an Afghan dressed in police uniforms in Afghanistan’s Wardak province on Monday.
The shooting occurred at a U.S. special operations outpost in Wardak province, U.S. officials said. The shooter, who was dressed in a police uniform, was shot and killed by Americans returning fire.
“We have two confirmed dead, but the toll could rise,” according to the ISAF officials.
A senior official in the Afghan Defense Ministry said that at least three Afghans were also killed by the shooter.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the shootings in a text message allegedly sent by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
The shooting occurred during a group meeting or briefing, a spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
The attack occurred as the deadline for American special forces to leave Wardak came and went following President Hamid Karzai accusing them and Afghans working for them of overseeing torture and killings in the area.
Karzai has also accused American military forces of conspiring with the Taliban to overthrow Afghanistan’s central government.
On Sunday, Karzai said in a speech that the U.S. was colluding with the Taliban to keep foreign forces in Afghanistan beyond next year’s planned withdrawal, and he went so far as to accuse the two sides of holding daily meetings.
A planned joint press conference with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Karzai was canceled shortly after Karzai’s comments. “Security concerns” were cited as the reason.
The identities of the mortally wounded U.S. soldiers have not been released.