Friday, March 27, 2009

Report: Afghan Soldier Kills 2 Coalition Servicemembers, Wounds 1

Dispatches from the Front
News from U.S. Forces Afghanistan

Dispatches from the Front:

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 27, 2009 -- An Afghan National Army soldier reportedly killed two coalition servicemembers and wounded one in northern Afghanistan today, military officials reported.

The wounded servicemember was evacuated for medical treatment. A fourth servicemember appeared uninjured, but was evacuated to a medical facility for evaluation.

The Afghan National Army soldier reportedly killed himself immediately after the incident, which took place at about 2:20 p.m. local time.

The scene has been secured and the incident is under investigation.

Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak expressed his condolences for the servicemembers killed and wounded. He said he was “saddened and deeply regretful this tragedy occurred.”

“It is too early to speculate, but the investigation will bear out the truth,” Wardak said, noting that “full corrective action will be taken.”

The coalition servicemembers’ names and service components are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

(From a joint Afghan Defense Ministry and U.S. Forces Afghanistan news release.)

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