US general shot dead by Afghan soldier

2014-08-05 22:54:43 | Al Muslim News
US general shot dead by Afghan soldier

 

An American general was killed in an apparent insider attack by a member of the Afghan security forces, a Pentagon spokesman said, the highest-ranking US Army officer to be killed in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. Pentagon spokesman, Rear Admiral John Kirby, said on Tuesday that the assailant, dressed in an Afghan army uniform, fired into a group of international soldiers at the Marshal Fahim National Defence University at Camp Qargha, a base west of Kabul, and was subsequently killed. "Among the casualties was an American general officer who was killed," Kirby told reporters in Washington, declining to name the general. No US general has been killed in combat since the Vietnam War. Another 15 people, roughly half of them Americans, were wounded. Among the wounded were a German brigadier general, two Afghan generals and an Afghan officer, whose rank the Afghan Defence Ministry did not provide. The attack occurred during a site visit to the university by coalition members. Ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi, said a "terrorist in an army uniform" opened fire on both local and international troops. President Hamid Karzai condemned Tuesday's attack as a "cowardly" strike against Afghan and NATO officers. "It is the work of those enemies who do not want to see Afghanistan have its own strong institutions," he said. The Taliban did not immediately claim responsibility for the attack, and Western officials say that most such attacks stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings rather than insurgent plots. The Qargha shooting comes as so-called "insider attacks" - incidents in which Afghan security turn on their NATO partners - largely dropped last year. In 2013, there were 16 deaths in 10 separate attacks. In 2012, such attacks killed 53 coalition troops in 38 separate attacks. Also on Tuesday, Afghan officials accused an ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) air strike of killing four civilians in the western province of Herat. "After rockets were fired at Shindand airbase, an aircraft carried out strikes on the area where they were launched," Herat's deputy governor Asiludin Jami told AFP. "A man, a woman, a kid and a teenager were killed. They were all civilians." ISAF said it took all allegations of civilian casualties seriously, and was assessing the facts surrounding Monday's incident..

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