Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

US Soilders Injured at Camp Shaheen In Afghanistan


However, he did not say how many foreign troops were killed or wounded.

"Around 6:20 this morning a martyr attack was conducted by our mujahideen against a special forces base in Gardez, Paktia", he wrote.

"Two other attackers are still clashing with security forces", the official added.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in an email statement where he alleged that dozens of policemen had died. Both Afghan and US officials have said the incident is under investigation.

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Another blast occurred inside the police compound when a second suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest, AP reports, citing local police official Sardar Wali Tabasim.

Paktia police chief Toryalai Abdani put the toll at six police killed and 12 wounded. The extremist group often exaggerates casualty numbers in attacks against government targets and security forces. It's also suspected to be a so-called "green-on-blue" attack - when Afghan troops turn on their US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts. There is a lengthy history of "green on blue" insider attacks in Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of several North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldiers since the USA invasion in 2001.

But last week, in an equally dramatic response, hundreds of Islamic State fighters captured Tora Bora, the underground labyrinth that was once the redoubt of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. One other Afghan soldier was wounded.

Camp Shaheen is home to Afghan National Security Defense Forces' Women's Participation Program.

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Seven US soldiers were injured on Saturday in an insider attack by an Afghan soldier who turned his weapon on his instructors and advisers.

Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, confirmed the attack in Gardez, the provincial capital.

The US now has roughly 8,400 troops in Afghanistan (excluding those in country on a temporary basis), while North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and coalition allies have a total of about 5,000 forces.

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