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Afghan soldier killed after shooting, wounding 3 US troops

AP  |  Kandahar 

An soldier opened fire Sunday inside a base in the southern Helmand province, wounding three US soldiers before being shot dead.

Navy Cpt. Bill Salvin, a US military spokesman, said coalition forces had killed the soldier "to end the attack," but Col. Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, an army spokesman, said the soldier had made a "mistake" and had not fired deliberately.

Several US troops have been killed in in recent years in so-called insider attacks carried out by police or soldiers.

In October, an man in a military uniform shot dead a US soldier and an American civilian contractor inside a military base in before being killed.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, insurgents attacked a district headquarters in the Kandahar province using a suicide car bomb, said Samim Khpolwak, a spokesman for the governor. He declined to say how many people were killed or wounded.

A security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information, said six police were killed and five others were wounded in the assault, which was claimed by the

In the southern Zabul province, an army operation killed 13 and wounded 11 others, said Gen. Sadiqullah Saberi. He said two soldiers were killed and three others were wounded by a roadside bomb during the operation.

Two commanders were killed in an apparent US drone strike in the Barmal district of the eastern Paktika province, said Mohammad Rahman Ayaz, spokesman for the provincial governor.

Another 10 insurgents were killed in a separate drone strike in the Dand-e Patan district of neighboring Paktia province, said Gov Zelmai Wessa.

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First Published: Sun, March 19 2017. 21:13 IST