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Shooter in Afghan uniform kills 2 US personnel

Shooter in Afghan uniform kills 2 US personnel

April 4th, 2011 in News

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A man wearing an Afghan border police uniform shot dead two American military personnel tasked with helping train members of the country's security forces on Monday, NATO and Afghan officials said.

The assailant fled and it was not known whether he was a police officer who turned on his Western counterparts or an insurgent disguising himself in uniform to infiltrate the northern compound and attack from inside. There have been cases of both in Afghanistan, exposing the vulnerability even of foreign trainers involved in preparing Afghan forces to take the lead in battling the Taliban.

NATO said the assailant in Monday's attack wore an Afghan border police uniform and shot the two service members inside a compound in northern Faryab province before escaping. The international military alliance did not provide further details.

President Hamid Karzai's office condemned the attack and said the dead were American trainers. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said the attack occurred in the provincial capital, Maymana.