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Afghan soldier wounds 7 American soldiers

19 June 2017, 12:42 | Opal Carroll

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Resolite Support shows a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter crew chief assigned to Task Force Flying Dragons 16th Combat Aviation Brigade 7th Infantry Division scans below near Mazar-e-Sharif Afghanistan

Sunday's attack came a day after an Afghan commando fired on US troops, wounding seven American soldiers.

American military commanders in Afghanistan have requested thousands of additional boots on the ground to boost the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troop presence in the country.

Western officials say most insider attacks stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings rather than insurgent plots.

Meanwhile, two officials from Pakistan's consulate in eastern Afghanistan have gone missing, Islamabad said yesterday, urging Kabul to ensure that they were safe.

At least one Afghan soldier was killed and another wounded, the official said.

USA troops in Afghanistan now number about 8,400, with another 5,000 from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, who mainly serve in a training and advisory capacity.

According to the spokesman of the Afghan Ministry of Defense Mohammad Radmanish, joined by the AFP, the American soldiers "were visiting the base of Shahin when they were wounded in the attack". The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack, which unfolded on June 10 in eastern Afghanistan.

"One attacker blew up his vehicle at the entrance of the headquarters, opening the way for two others who opened fire on the security forces while another suicide bomber was killed", Mr Shirzad said. The gunman - an Afghan - had been shot and killed, the spokesman said.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said an investigation into the incident has been launched. He had initially announced that three United States soldiers had been wounded.

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Afghan security forces inspect the aftermath of a suicide bomb blast in Paktia Province, Afghanistan June 18, 2017.

The attack started after a terrorist rammed a truck bomb into front gate of Afghan National Police (ANP) 303 Spin Zar Police Zone at 6.15 a.m., Gen. Tooryalai Abadyani told reporters, Xinhua reported.

The nationality of the injured soldiers was not immediately known.

The attackers were disguised in Afghan army uniforms.

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