Monday, April 16, 2012

Afghan soldier opens fire on NATO troop in Kandahar

KANDHAHAR, Afghanistan, April 16 (Xinhua) -- A man in Afghan army uniform opened fire on the soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kandahar airport of Kandahar province, 450 km south of capital Kabul, on Monday was killed as the soldiers returned fire, a military officer said.

"One of our soldier opened fire on the convoy of NATO soldiers in Kandahar airport this morning causing no loss of life. However, the NATO soldiers returned fire and killed him on the spot," a senior military officer General Abdul Hamid Wardak told Xinhua.

He also noted investigation has been initiated to determine the reason behind the incident.

from novinite:

An Afghan soldier opened fire Monday upon Bulgarian NATO soldiers serving in Afghanistan, upon which he was killed by them.

The lone attacker shot on Bulgarian servicemen in the watchtower of the Kandahar military base, accdorging to an Afghan Army spokesperson.
The Bulgarians returned the fire, killing the attacker.

According to Afghanistan Army sources, the soldier was from the northern province of Takhar.
Sources from the ISAF forces in Afghanistan led by NATO have confirmed the tragic incident.

"No NATO soldiers have been killed," said NATO spokesperson Jason Wagoner, without giving further information.

"All safety measures regarding the level of risk have been taken," stated the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense.

Bulgarian Lieutenant-General Atanas Samandov, commander of the Bulgarian forces in Afghanistan, has confirmed that all soldiers are safe and sound.

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