Two Americans killed near NATO Kabul base

10/19, 6:27 PM (Source: TeleTrader.com)

Two Americans, a soldier and a civilian, were killed Wednesday when a gunman opened fire near a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) base, the military coalition said.

"One U.S. service member and one U.S. civilian died as a result of wounds sustained in Kabul today," NATO said in a statement, adding that three other Americans were wounded in the incident. The military coalition stated that the Americans were conducting duties as part of their mission to train, advise and assist Afghan forces, when they came under attack. An investigation into the incident had been launched. "The two individuals were killed during an attack near a coalition base by an unknown assailant, who was later killed."

Afghan officials called it an "insider attack." Dawlat Waziri, the defense ministry spokesman, said earlier that one NATO soldier had been killed and five others were wounded by a gunman wearing a military uniform. Incidents of Afghan troops turning their guns on international soldiers are so common they even have a colloquial name - the green-on-blue attacks.

Teletrader Newsroom / RV