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MOD investigating reports of Afghan soldier shooting

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed it is investigating reports of a shooting incident involving an Afghan soldier at a British-run military academy near Kabul. Officials said they are aware of reports that an Afghan commander was injured and that there had been international casualties.

The MOD is investigating reports of Afghan soldier shooting.
The MOD is investigating reports of Afghan soldier shooting. Credit: Reuters

Unconfirmed reports suggested an argument broke out at the academy at Qargha between some Afghans and an Afghan soldier who opened fire, the BBC reported.

We are aware of reports of an incident at Qargha. The incident is under investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.

– MoD spokesman

The officers' training academy - dubbed "Sandhurst in the sand" - took its first cadets last October and will be the only remaining British military presence in the country after operations end this year.

Army chief: Wars bred 'warrior generation' of troops

The head of the British Army said the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has given rise to a "warrior generation" of UK troops.

British troops at Camp 501, Camp Bastion, Helmand Province in Afghanistan.
British troops at Camp 501, Camp Bastion, Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

On the centenary of Britain's entry to the First World War, General Sir Peter Wall, chief of the General Staff, told the Daily Telegraph the military had learned from its operations in the countries.

I believe the warrior spirit and experience the British Army has acquired during its long decade of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan means it is ready for the challenges it is likely to face in the years ahead.

We can be confident we have a 'warrior generation' who have the skill and fighting ability to play their role in the nation's defence and its security interests.

– General Sir Peter Wall, chief of the General Staff

Despite the withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan being well under way, he hinted that should the need arise, UK forces could return to the war-torn country.

If the Taliban were to be resurgent and al-Qaeda was again establishing sanctuaries, we would have to consider whether more effort was required on our part.

– General Sir Peter Wall, chief of the General Staff

See more: Britain commemorates WW1 100 years on

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Afghanistan: Karzai cousin killed by suicide bomb

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's cousin, has been killed in a suicide bomb attack at his home, officials in Kandahar say.

Hashmat Karzai, a close ally of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, was hosting an event for the Eid al-Fitr holiday at his home in the province when a well-dressed man posing as a guest set off hidden explosives as Karzai greeted him, the governor's office said.

The attack comes as the country is caught in a political deadlock over a disputed election to replace Hamid Karzai as president.

Taliban claims responsibility for Kabul Airport attack

A Taliban suicide bomber detonated himself outside Kabul International Airport, killing three foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter, police said. A Taliban spokesman, Zabihulllah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack.

In this successful attack up to 15 invader soldiers were killed or wounded and many vehicles were damaged.

– Taliban

Read: Foreign advisers 'killed in suicide bombing' in Kabul

'All four insurgents killed' after Kabul airport attack

A fierce gunbattle between Afghan security forces and militants in a building near Kabul airport has now ended, according to reports by AFP.

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BREAKING: All 4 insurgents killed by Forces, the area cleared now, no causality to forces: MoI

More: Kabul airport assault over after 'all attackers are killed'

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Kabul airport assault over after 'all attackers are killed'

Afghan policemen take positions.
Afghan policemen take their positions near the airport. Credit: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An attack on Kabul airport has now ended after the gunmen were killed, officials have said.

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#UPDATE Kabul airport assault ends after all attackers killed: officials

More: ISAF jets scrambled as gunmen attack Kabul airport

ISAF jets scrambled as gunmen attack Kabul airport

Afghan security personnel are seen on vehicles as an area near the Kabul airport.
Afghan security personnel are seen on vehicles near Kabul airport. Credit: Reuters TV

Gunmen have used rockets to attack Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital, a senior military official has said.

The gunmen occupied two buildings, which were under construction and used them as a base to fire rockets and gunfire toward planes at the airport, according to NBC News.

ISAF jet fighters are currently flying over Kabul, said Afzal Aman, a general in the Afghan army in Kabul.

More: 'Explosion and gunfire' heard near Kabul airport

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