Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers have been killed in an apparent "insider attack" in Afghanistan, Reuters reported citing NATO.
A service member of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed during an attack in western Afghanistan today, ISAF Joint Command announced:
The name and nationality of the service member has not been released, which is in line with ISAF protocol.
The head of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said he is "deeply saddened" by the deaths of 10 Afghan girls who were killed by an explosion.
ISAF said the Governor of the Chaparhar district - where the explosion took place - claimed it was the result of "the accidental triggering of an old landmine".
ISAF Commander Gen. John R. Allen said:
An attacker wearing an Afghan army uniform killed a member of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the south of Afghanistan on Sunday, the force has said.
At least 57 members of ISAF have been killed in so-called 'insider attacks' this year, undermining trust between coalition and Afghan forces, as NATO prepares to withdraw most combat troops by the end of 2014.
"An individual in an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against ISAF service members, killing one," an ISAF spokesman said, declining to give the victim's nationality.
A spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Laurence Roche, has given this statement regarding the two soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan today:
The provincial police chief Abdul Rahman added that it occurred in Nijrab district of the mountainous province. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Violence has surged across Afghanistan in recent weeks with the Taliban vowing to target the Afghan government and security forces, as well as the 130,000 foreign troops in the country, most of whom are due to leave by the end of 2014.
Four foreign soldiers were killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.
It did not give any further details of the incident or the nationalities of the soldiers involved, but Afghan officials said the incident happened in Kapisa province, which is mainly patrolled by a French contingent under NATO.
The Afgan Government will have veto power over NATO-led night raids, a senior Afghan official told Reuters. It will also have control of any prisoners taken during night raids and will decide whether US interrogators can have access to the detainees.
An International Security Assistance Force service member has died as a result of a non-battle related injury in southern Afghanistan.
Earlier today, another service member died following an improvised explosive device attack.
The details of the nationalities of the individuals have not yet been released.
An International Security Assistance Force service member has died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan.
Details of the nationality of the individual have not yet been released.